All ferry sailings on major routes cancelled as Lower Mainland faces windstorm’s 2nd punch

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BC Ferries cancelled multiple sailings on all major routes Friday, as the South Coast was battered by high winds.

Environment Canada ended  a wind warning for Metro Vancouver and the Southern Gulf Islands late Friday afternoon, but strong winds are still expected Friday evening in the 50-70 km/h range.

Read more: Warnings issued with winds of 70-90 km/h forecast for B.C.’s South Coast

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BC Ferries announced cancellations for the remainder of the day on the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point), Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay) and Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Victoria (Swartz Bay) routes.

You can find updated information on ferry cancellations and delays here.

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Environment Canada warned that the winds could toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

In Vancouver’s Stanley Park, a portion of the seawall was closed between the north end of Pipeline Road and Third Beach due to a fallen tree. The Vancouver Park Board described repair work as “intensive,” and said it could take more than a day to clean up.

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Winds were forecast to gradually ease below warning levels late Friday evening, then to light overnight.

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