Greater Victoria and west Vancouver Island are under a wind warning while special weather statements are in effect for other parts of the Island.
Environment Canada said an intense Pacific low-pressure system approaching northern Vancouver Island will bring southwest winds of 60 to 90 km/h to western sections of Vancouver Island this afternoon, As the low crosses Vancouver Island, winds will veer to northwest 60 to 90 km/h Friday evening.
Winds will begin to ease early Saturday as the low moves into Washington state, the weather agency said.
In Greater Victoria, very strong southwest winds of 70 km/h are expected to develop near Juan De Fuca Strait early this evening. Winds will begin to ease late overnight as the low moves into Washington state.
The Southern Gulf Islands, inland Vancouver Island and east Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay, are under a special weather statement.
Environment Canada said ahead of the low, strong southeast winds up to 70 km/h can be expected over northern sections of East Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast this afternoon. Strong southwest winds of 50 to 70 km/h will affect the Southern Gulf Islands, Inland Vancouver Island, and over southern sections of Metro Vancouver and western Fraser Valley beginning late this afternoon.