Ferry cancellations, power outages caused by weather as storm continues

Ferry cancellations, power outages caused by weather as storm continues
WatchAfter heavy rain and even snow fell Thursday, strong winds moved in Friday causing some problems but also creating good conditions for a popular sport in Comox.

Environment Canada has issued high wind warnings as the winter storm hitting Vancouver Island carries into Friday.

In an advisory posted on the weather agency’s website, it says that southeast winds of 70-80 km/h are anticipated to hit both the west and east coastal regions of Vancouver Island. The advisories include the Greater Victoria Area and the Southern Gulf Islands.

“Southeast winds will gradually increase throughout the day and peak at 70 km/h late afternoon and this evening. Areas nearest the Strait of Georgia will experience the strongest winds,” says the Environment Canada advisory.

The high wind warning is in addition to the heavy rain that is also expected by the agency to continue across the Island for the majority of the day.

The adverse weather has resulted in a handful of sailing cancellations by the B.C. Ferries.

As of 3:15 p.m., the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. sailings on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route have been cancelled. The 5:45 p.m. leaving Duke Point in Nanaimo and the 8:15 p.m. from Tsawwassen to Duke Point have also been cancelled.

For further information on sailing waits and possible cancellations, you can check the current conditions on the B.C. Ferries’ website.

BC Hydro crews have also been busy as a result of the storm as thousands of customers currently are without power. Some of the outages are due to a tree down across wires.

BC Hydro has issued a regional alert, saying due to current conditions about 300 customers will be without power overnight on Cortes Island.

Weather dependent, crews will be on the first ferry over on Saturday morning at 9:05 a.m.

To see current outages, visit the BC Hydro’s Outage Map.

According to Environment Canada today, the heavy rain and wind will persist into the evening, eventually slowing down after midnight. With higher temperatures, the agency isn’t forecasting much more snow resulting from the storm.

A car crashing into a power pole along the Malahat caused outages early Friday morning

On top of the other outages, early this morning BC Hydro customers along the Malahat in the Shawnigan Lake area were without power as a result of a vehicle colliding with a power pole. Limited information is currently available as to what caused the crash.




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