From Environment Canada, wind warnings in effect for Greater Victoria and West Vancouver Island
For Greater Victoria
In the wake of an intense system, westerly winds 50 gusting 70 km/h have developed near Juan de Fuca Strait this morning. Winds will increase to 70 gusting to 90 km/h this afternoon and persist through Friday morning. Winds will ease to west 30 to 50 km/h Friday morning and to light late in the evening.
Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.
For West Vancouver Island
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.
A ridge of high-pressure building offshore has produced strong northwest winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 along the west coast of Vancouver Island this morning. Winds will increase to 80 km/h gusting to 100 after midnight then abate to 60 km/h gusting to 80 Friday morning. Winds will ease to northwest 30 km/h Saturday morning.
Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.
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