File photo, Image via BC Hydro

A wild, windy morning on Vancouver Island has cancelled multiple ferry sailings and knocked out power to thousands of customers.

Environment Canada reported wind warnings with gusts of up to 70 km/h in Victoria, and up to 100 km/h on the West Island. They cautioned that the blustery conditions could cause tree branches to break and toss loose debris and items.

BC Hydro reported multiple outages affecting thousands of customers in Sooke, Parksville, Metchosin and Colwood. Some of the outages were still under investigation, but at least 2,000 households lost power directly because of wires being knocked down by high winds.

Ferry cancellations were also reported as a result of the high winds. BC Ferries cancelled six sailings on Queen of Oak Bay, Queen of Coquitlam and Queen of New Westminster servicing Vancouver and Nanaimo between 5:15 a.m. and 8:25 a.m.

The windy conditions are expected to abate by the afternoon.


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