Choppy waters had subsided by 2:30 p.m. but stormy skies remained over Campbell River on Sunday afternoon. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River

Environment Canada issues wind warning as fallen tree knocks out power for 1,500 customers in Campbell River

‘Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring,’ says forecaster

Environment Canada issued a wind warning as BC Hydro restored power to more than 1,500 customers in Campbell River on Sunday.

A wind warning issued on Sunday morning said “strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.”

The forecaster said southeast winds of 70 km/h would continue through the early afternoon due to a Pacific frontal system crossing Vancouver Island.

“Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events,” the warning said. “Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.”

The wind warning applies to the Campbell River-Courtenay area and Nanoose Bay-Fanny Bay.

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The warning urged residents to monitor Environment Canada’s alerts and forecasts, and noted that severe weather could be reported by email at BCstorm@canada.ca or by Twitter using the hashtag #BCStorm.

Meanwhile, BC Hydro workers restored power to more than 1,500 after an outage attributed to a fallen tree.

An outage list on the power utility’s website said that a downed tree on hydro wires knocked out power for 1,570 customers on Sunday morning.

Power was out from 9:10 to about 10:40 a.m. west of Homewood Rd., east of the Gold River Hwy., north of 9th Ave. and south of the Island Hwy., according to BC Hydro.

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