According to Environment Canada, the wind should ease up later tonight, but warn that damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. The high winds have also triggered ferry cancellations between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay and have activated the Extreme Weather Protocol, meaning shelter capacities will expand in Greater Victoria. Oceanside RCMP has also issued a reminder for drivers to check their tires and drive with caution as they’ve seen an increase in crashes along Highway 19. This alert comes on the heels of strong winds that hit over on the western side of Vancouver Island late last night, resulting in power outages. BC Hydro is responding to power outages across the Island, including Duncan, Victoria, the Gulf Islands and Nanaimo. To keep updated on BC Hydro’s outages, you can visit the outage map on their website.
It’s stormy by the water in #Sidney as arctic outflow winds from the #BC Interior pound Southern Vancouver Island and the BC South Coast. ?? #BCStorm #bcweax @CHEK_News @ECCCWeatherBC #yyj #bcwx pic.twitter.com/N43B7rQiN2— Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) November 27, 2019