Wind warnings issued for parts of Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands

Wind warnings issued for parts of Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for parts of Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Greater Victoria, North, East, and West Vancouver Island all have wind warnings. Only Inland Vancouver Island has not been issued a wind warning.

The North Island’s wind warning comes into effect Wednesday night, with easterly winds of 70-90 km/h. Thursday afternoon winds will gust to 110 km/h then the strong winds will abate overnight.

For the North Island, the warning is in effect for Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay and Sointula.

The remaining wind warnings come into effect Thursday afternoon.

For Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, winds are expected to be 70 km/h gusting to 90 through the Strait of Georgia starting Thursday afternoon into the night.

The East Island is under warning from Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo, and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

West Vancouver Island is expected to see winds of up to 100 km/h then lower to 50 to 60 km/h late in the night.

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Due to the forecast high winds, BC Ferries has cancelled two sailings between Comox and Powell River.

The 7:10 p.m. leaving Little River and 8:45 p.m. leaving Westview have been cancelled.

“Customers with reservations for these sailings will be contacted by our Customer Service Centre to advise them that they have been accommodated on the 3:25 pm sailing from Little River (Comox) and 5:15 pm sailing from Westview (Powell River),” BC Ferries says on its website.

BC Transit is warning the wind may have an affect on transit services in Greater Victoria.

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