High winds slam parts of Vancouver Island, almost 2,400 without power

High winds slam parts of Vancouver Island, almost 2,400 without power
Crews deal with a tree on hydro lines Friday after high winds.

Multiple wind warnings for Vancouver Island say strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring Saturday.

The warnings are in place for north and eastern Vancouver Island, along with Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

On the northern tip, southeast winds of 60 to 90 km/h were forecast Saturday morning. Some exposed coastal areas were predicted to face winds near 110 km/h.

For the rest of impacted areas winds are expected to stick around from 60 to 90 km/h.

Around 2,360 customers on the Island are without power. Many outages are due wires down following strong winds.

The strong winds are expected to ease by late Saturday afternoon.

More details on the warnings can be found here, and outages here.

Another large Pacific storm is responsible for the high winds, it’s one of the many low pressure systems that have been battering the coast over the last few weeks.

Less extreme weather is expected in the coming week, but heavy rainfall is still expected for some areas over the weekend.

Multiple routes faced cancellations Saturday morning on B.C. Ferries, but major routes were not impacted. Normal sailings resumed around 1 p.m.

Julian KolsutJulian Kolsut

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