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Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

It’s time to batten down the hatches.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for most of Vancouver Island, including both the West and East coasts, as well as the North Island, an has issued a special weather statement for inland Vancouver Island.

The wind warning indicates that people should be ready for strong southeast winds to develop tonight (Monday, Nov. 8) gusting from 70 km/h to 90 km/h. Victoria should also prepare for westerly winds Tuesday morning from 70 km/h to 90 km/h. Inland Vancouver Island can expect winds gusting from 50 km/h to 70 km/h. On the North Island winds could reach up to 110 km/h.

The winds could cause damage to things like roof shingles and windows on buildings, and could toss around loose objects like garbage cans and patio furniture. There’s also the risk of tree limbs breaking, so people are advised to avoid wooded areas. Campers are warned to move to sturdy shelters.

Strong winds also bring the chance of power outages.

BC Ferries warns that the winds may affect ferry service. So far no sailings have been cancelled, though several had been suspended on Monday morning. Click here for more.

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