High winds on Jan. 30 downed large a tree on the corner of Piggot and 6th Ave. East. Wind warnings were issued for Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Melissa Boutilier/The Northern View)

UPDATED: Wind warnings lifted

Wind warnings for North Coast region, toppled trees and ferries were left in dock

  • Jan. 30, 2020 11:20 a.m.

Weather warnings have been lifted and windy conditions have subsided enough to allow the sailing of the ferry from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii. The ferry is expected to dock at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Strong winds created troubles for travellers in the Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert regions. Ferries remained in dock until the winds subsided, said BC Ferries. Environment Canada issued high wind warnings for the Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii areas on Jan. 30.

The 10 a.m. sailing of the Northern Expedition was delayed until it was safe to sail at approximately 1:30 p.m.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to delay sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Trees toppled over with strong winds in Prince Rupert and knocked down overhead lines.

Strong winds, came from the southeast, of up to 90 kilometres per hour will continue to developed during the morning over Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert and exposed areas of the north coast. Loose and unsecured objects may have been thrown around by the wind and caused injury or damage.

READ MORE: Cold snaps all weather records in Prince Rupert

Winds extended down to the central coast and Vancouver in the late morning.

By the afternoon on Thursday winds veered to the west or southwest, according to Environment Canada. The winds eased by late afternoon over Haida Gwaii and the north coast.

READ MORE: Wind warning in effect for B.C.’s northern coast


 
K-J Millar | Journalist 
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