Stormy seas heading towards Sidney on December 3rd 2015 - Image: Joel Martin‎

Get ready, Vancouver Island!

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for parts of Vancouver Island for most of the day today.

The wind warnings were issued for the north, west and eastern parts of Vancouver Island.

For northern Vancouver Island, strong southeast wind of up 100 km/h are expected and could even see gusts reach upward of 120 km/h. The strongest winds are expected Thursday evening and will ease by early Friday morning.

Meanwhile, in the eastern Vancouver Island area — which includes communities like Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Campbell River, and more — southeast winds over surrounding coastal regions will gust up to 70 km/h Thursday afternoon and then ease early Friday morning.

West Vancouver Island, which includes Tofino, Long Beach, Ucluelet, can expect southeast winds gusting from 80 km/h to 100.

“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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