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Stormy weather packing high winds forecast for Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver

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VANCOUVER — Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for a large swath of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and part of Metro Vancouver, with gusts expected to cause damage into Monday evening in some areas.

The agency issued a special advisory saying gusts possibly exceeding 100 kilometres an hour are expected over northern Vancouver Island, adding loose objects may be tossed by the wind or break tree branches.

Special advisories have also been issued for eastern and northern Vancouver Island as well as the Gulf Islands.

High winds are also expected in Greater Victoria through Monday afternoon.

The agency says winds are expected to ease Sunday afternoon before packing another punch as a low pressure system moves onto Vancouver Island and weakens.

It says winds are expected to strengthen over the inner south coast on Monday morning when western sections of Metro Vancouver could experience their highest gusts, potentially exceeding 80 kilometres an hour.

The B.C. government has warned residents in areas expecting stormy weather and rain to be wary of flooding, and the Canadian Coast Guard says the weather may pose a challenge in the recovery of containers that fell overboard from a ship near Victoria on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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