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Wind warnings for B.C.’s north coast and Island, central coast, Haida Gwaii

Strong winds forecast by Environment Canada for Dec. 23 and Dec. 24
Wind warnings have been issued by Environment Canada for central and northern parts of the B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Environment Canada is advising people in central and northern regions of British Columbia to brace for strong winds forecast for today and tomorrow.

Wind warnings have been issued for the northern part of Vancouver Island, central coast, north coast and Haida Gwaii, with “very strong winds expected to begin the evening of Saturday, Dec. 23 and lasting till the late afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 24.

Southeasterly winds of 90 kilometres/hour, gusting to 110 km/h, are forecast for the northern Island and central coast, with stronger winds forecast for the other areas.

“A strong weather system approaching Haida Gwaii and the north coast will bring blustery winds to the coastal regions [Dec. 23],” stated Environment Canada. “Southeast winds will gradually strengthen this morning and reach 90 km/h near noon. Gusts to 120 km/h are expected over exposed coastal sections of Haida Gwaii tonight until Sunday afternoon.”

Strong winds are also forecast for the coming days, said Environment Canada, with potential for stronger winds from Monday, Dec. 25 to Wednesday, Dec. 27.

“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. High winds may result in power outages and fallen tree branches,” Environment Canada said.

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