Strong winds are expected across most of Vancouver Island on Saturday, according to Environment Canada.
On Friday, the weather agency issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, north Vancouver Island, west Vancouver Island, and east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay ahead of an intense front that will be crossing the B.C. south coast on Saturday.
West Vancouver Islands is expected to see southeast winds rapidly rising to 80 km/h gusting to 100 km/h over exposed coastal sections. Winds will veer to the southwest and subside Saturday afternoon, Environment Canada said.
Strong winds warnings for Central and South Coast of BC.
Southeast winds will rapidly rise over exposed coastal sections Saturday as an intense front crosses the coast.
In the wake of the front, winds will subside Saturday afternoon.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) April 5, 2019
Southeast winds are expected rise to 70 km/h gusting to 90 km/h as an intense front crosses the south coast on Saturday in Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands and the portions of east Vancouver Island under the warning. On north Vancouver Island, southeast winds are predicted to rise to 90 km/h gusting to 110 km/h. Winds are expected to subside in those areas by late Saturday afternoon.
Strong winds can cause damage to buildings, including shingles and windows. Loose objects can also be tossed in the wind and cause more damage.