UPDATE: The wind warnings have been removed for Vancouver Island. Previous article below.
The weather agency says an intense low is creating southeast winds that will reach up to 70 kilometres an hour over sections of Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.
On western Vancouver Island, those winds will reach up to 80 kilometres an hour with gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour. Winds are expected to ease to 50-60 km/h as the system moves north, Environment Canada said.
It warned that the winds could toss loose objects or branches around, and in some cases could cause damage to roof shingles and windows.
BC Ferries was running on schedule Friday morning, but said the winds could affect service. Commuters were asked to check BC Ferries’ Twitter account for any updates.
BC Hydro listed one power outage affecting 371 customers in Anacla Village, near Bamfield. The cause of that outage was under investigation as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, and BC Hydro said crews were on their way to repair it.
Environment Canada asked British Columbians to report severe weather to [email protected] or Tweet using #BCStorm.