Wind knocks out some power, strands ferries at docks

Storm-force winds forced the cancellation of BC Ferries sailings for the second time this week.

Storm-force winds forced the cancellation of BC Ferries sailings for the second time this week, as wind and heavy rain pounded the Comox Valley on Thursday.

Environment Canada predicted wind gusts up to 80 km/h at the Comox Airport weather station, with rain most of the day.

Because of the storm, BC Ferries cancelled sailings of the Queen of Chilliwack travelling from Comox to Powell River for most of the day.

They also cancelled sailings around 3 p.m. of the MV Kahloke travelling from to and from Denman and Hornby islands.

Stephen Watson of BC Hydro said there were some pocket outages in the Valley but nothing significant because of the storm.

In terms of water flows, Watson said due to the dry, cool fall weather, there is room to absorb any storm water activity in the Comox reservoir (Comox Lake).

“There’s certainly no risk of flooding,” he said. “We’re going to keep an eye on the weather and we may increase discharge slightly in smaller amounts over time … but there’s a good metre (of room) in there.”

Environment Canada is predicting rain Friday evening and throughout the weekend with highs of 12 degrees Saturday.

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