High wind Thursday morning forces BC Ferries to cancel sailings

High wind Thursday morning forces BC Ferries to cancel sailings

Photo courtesy BC Ferries.

Photo courtesy BC Ferries.

A wind warning for much of Vancouver Island is having an impact on people travelling between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

BC Ferries says in a travel advisory that it has cancelled sailings for potential adverse weather that is forecast for mid-morning and into Thursday evening for much of the B.C. coast.

Sailings until after 2 p.m. have been cancelled for service to-and-from Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay, Duke Point and the Southern Gulf Islands.

BC Ferries says the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route is also affected, with no sailings until after 8:30 a.m., along with service between Comox and Powell River.

Sailings are also cancelled between Hornby Island and Denman Island until after 10:45 a.m., which is also the case for sailings between Texada Island and Powell River and Quadra Island and Cortes Island

Harbour Air says the weather is affecting flights to and from Victoria, Nanaimo and Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island.

Helijet says flights between Victoria and Vancouver are operating on time, and there are some delays for Nanaimo flights, but they are running.

The wind advisory is in effect for much of Vancouver Island, including the west, inland, east regions, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

The Pacific storm that is making its way across the Island is bringing 70 to 90 kilometre-per-hour winds, with gusts up to 100 km/h.

Environment Canada says the windstorm could bring damage.

The winds are expected to ease off Thursday night.


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