Wind warning prompts BC Ferries to cancel sailings on all major routes

BC weather forecast: January 15
Meteorologist Mark Madrya has an update on the extreme weather conditions felt around the province today and what to expect for tonight.

BC Ferries says sailings on all major routes have been cancelled after 3 p.m. Wednesday due to expected high winds.

Affected routes include sailings to and from Vancouver Island, Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island and Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands.

Environment Canada says strong southeasterly winds are expected to hit the B.C. coast Wednesday afternoon. Gusts are expected to reach 110 kilometres an hour in Howe Sound.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur,” Environment Canada said. “High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”

Winds are expected to ease by Thursday morning and snow will transition to scattered showers, Environment Canada said.

BC Ferries is advising travellers to check its website for updates.

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BC Hydro says it has taken extra measures ahead of this most recent storm, with crews on standby to restore any power outages that may occur.

The utility is still warning people to be prepared for the lights to go out, saying it’s difficult to predict how much damage could be caused.

Customers should have an emergency kit ready with flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, BC Hydro says.

Up-to-date information on power outages can be found on BC Hydro’s website and Twitter account.