Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon in the wake of an intense weather system.
Westerly winds 70 km/h and gusting up to 90 km/h will develop near Juan de Fuca Strait late this afternoon and persist through Friday morning.
The blustery conditions will continue into Friday during the day, but winds are expected to remain below warning criteria.
Strong winds can be dangerous and may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break, often leading to power outages.
Updates and alerts are issued by Environment Canada. People on the ground who witness severe weather can email BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using the hashtag #BCStorm.