Wind warnings issued for Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island


Environment Canada issued a wind alert for Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria on Sunday, with expected winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.

The strong winds and the heavy rains are caused by an intense front that reaches the south coast. Winds are expected to become stronger throughout the day and reach up to 80 kilometers per hour on exposed coastal areas by Sunday evening. The winds are expected to decline Monday morning on the west coast of Vancouver Island and Wednesday afternoon on the south coast.

Environment Canada has warned that gusts may be strong enough to cause damage to buildings, for example, tearing roof tiles or damaging windows. Strong winds can damage shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events, the weather agency said. Strong winds can also cause tree branches to break. People should hold loose objects to prevent them from being blown away by the wind, which could cause injury or damage.

A special warning of wind and rain weather alert is also in place for the southern Gulf Islands and inland Vancouver Island.

For more information, visit the Environment Canada Alert page.

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