Wind warning issued for west Vancouver Island as storm approaches B.C.’s south coast

Wind warning issued for west Vancouver Island as storm approaches B.C.'s south coast

Strong winds are expected over parts of Vancouver Island on Friday, according to Environment Canada.

On Thursday afternoon, the weather agency issued a wind warning for west Vancouver Island. Environment Canada said a fast-moving low-pressure system approaching Vancouver Island will bring southwest winds of 60 to 90 kilometres an hour to western sections of Vancouver Island on Friday afternoon, As the low crosses Vancouver Island, winds west of the island will veer to northwest 60 to 90 km/h, Friday evening, Winds will ease on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and east Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay are under a special weather statement.

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 Friday afternoon. Strong southwest winds of 50 to 70 km/h will affect southern sections of Victoria near Juan de Fuca Strait, such as Esquimalt, downtown Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, southern sections of Metro Vancouver and western sections of Lower Fraser Valley late Friday afternoon.

Behind the track of the low, strong northwest winds up to 70 km/h are expected to sweep through the Strait of Georgia and may affect western sections of Metro Vancouver near the Strait of Georgia.

Officials with the Cowichan Valley Regional District have extended the local statement of emergency for the region as it works to help residents affected by flooding that occurred during last week’s storm.

The district said a Level 1 regional Emergency Operations Centre is still active as staff work with municipalities and First Nations to identify those affected by overland flooding. Residents who experienced flooding and have not yet contacted the Cowichan Valley Regional District can call the public safety division at 250-746-250.

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The district said heavy rain is still in the forecast for eastern Vancouver island over the next 36 hours and residents should follow weather updates.


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