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Wind storm along the Breakwater. (Bob Ianson)

Get ready, Victoria!

Environment Canada has issued another wind warning as a Pacific frontal system is sweeping across almost the entirety of Vancouver Island.

Wind warnings have been issued for Greater Victoria, East, West, and Inland Vancouver Island.

“Yet another vigorous Pacific frontal system is approaching the south coast today bringing another round of strong winds to the region,” said the weather network in a warning.

For Greater Victoria, strong southeast winds of up to 70 km/h are expected near coastal areas this afternoon. The winds will then move inland in the late afternoon, picking up to speeds near 90 km/h.

Meanwhile, in East Vancouver Island — which includes communities like Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Campbell River, and more — a series of intense low pressure systems are expected to produce gusts of 70 km/h this afternoon. However, like Victoria, winds could also reach as high as 90 km/h this evening

West Vancouver Island can expect even stronger winds than the rest of the island. Another series of “intense” low pressure systems are predicted to bring winds of 80 km/h to 100 km/h this morning before easing to 50 km/h to 70 km/h in the afternoon. By the evening, the weather network forecasts a dip to 30 km/h.

Lastly in Inland Vancouver Island, further intense low pressure systems are expected to bring similar 70 km/h gusts to the region, but could also reach as high as 90 km/h. The winds are predicted to die down late this evening.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” warns Environment Canada.

For updates on alerts and forecasts, you can check Environment Canada’s BC coverage here. To report severe weather, you can send an email to or tweet using #BCStorm.


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