Threat of high winds causes travel delays as Islanders brace for storm


WATCH: Another powerful weather-maker is knocking on Vancouver Island’s doorstep. Ceilidh Millar reports.

At the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal on Friday morning, line-ups are long and patience is running short.

“We’re more frustrated than anything but we can’t really do anything,” said one passenger at the terminal.

The threat of high winds caused B.C. Ferries to cancel several sailings in both Victoria and Nanaimo this morning.

“A storm like this makes for unsafe sea conditions for us to travel in,” said Tessa Humphries with B.C. Ferries.

This looming storm is part of a series of powerful winter weather-makers engulfing B.C.’s coast this week.

Meteorologists predict that the worst is yet to come.

“We’re watching a parade of storms hit the coast and it hasn’t let up,” said Armel Castellan with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

By noon on Friday, gusts of more than 134 km/h were clocked on Solander Island.

With heavy rains and strong winds expected Friday evening across the South Island — all eyes are on the roads.

“We’ve put on a bit of extra staff in the evenings and throughout the night,” explained Chris Cowley with Mainroad South Island Contracting.

“The chainsaws are sharpened, all the trucks are fueled up and we’re ready for anything that could come at us.”

Although the sun was shining in Victoria on Friday afternoon, Meteorologists say the storm is showing no signs of slowing down.

Another storm is expected to arrive Saturday night to B.C.’s South Coast.

By Friday evening, B.C. Ferries had resumed sailings in both Victoria and Nanaimo.

A tree knocked over on the highway in Jordan River by the wind caused major delays.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Friday the area of road is at single-lane alternating traffic after being blocked for several hours.

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