Wind gusts of 100 km/hr batter Vancouver Island as storm continues

Wind gusts could reach speeds of above 100 kilometres per hour

Heavy rains and strong winds will continue to batter B.C.’s south coast Thursday.

Environment Canada says Vancouver Island’s coastal areas could see “strong wind gusts” hit more than 100 kilometres per hour, while inland Vancouver Island will see speeds of between 60 and 80 kilometres per hour.

The whole Island will see sustained southeast winds of 60 to 80 kilometres Thursday morning before the wind directions switch to the southwest and bring speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres from the Juan de Fuca Strait to the coastal regions.

The agency warned that high winds could cause damage to roof shingles and windows, as well as tossing around loose objects and broken tree branches.

BC Ferries has cancelled multiple sailings throughout the day, including along its major routes.

The 6:15 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. ferries between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay have been cancelled, and routes between Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point and Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands have been cancelled till 2 p.m.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, says Comox Valley doctor

Local sewing community produces masks for seniors in an apartment

Hospital remains safe place for childbirth, say Comox Valley care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

VIDEO: Fire departments salute health care staff at hospital in Comox Valley

Trucks large and small drove by facility in procession, with siren and flashers on

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read