METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC Ferries has been forced to cancelled a couple of sailings as high winds make it difficult to dock at Tsawwassen.
Deborah Marshall with BC Ferries says the 8:15 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point and the 10:45 p.m. return trip have been cancelled, while another service from Duke Point to Tsawwassen has been re-routed.
“It’s just for those class of vessels trying to dock at Tsawassen can be very challenging in the high winds,” she says.
Environment Canada has issued wind and rainfall warnings for parts of the region.
The wind warning is in effect across Metro Vancouver, with gusts expected to reach 90 km/h. Greater Victoria is also under that warning.
BC Hydro’s Mora Scott says only a few power outages have been recorded.
“We’re definitely going to continue to keep a close eye on the weather. We are in storm season now, so we do always have our crews on standby and we also have the ability to call in contractor crews if needed.”
The winds should ease overnight. Environment Canada is warning the high winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.
Meanwhile, a rainfall warning has been issued for communities along the North Shore from West Vancouver to Maple Ridge, as well as Howe Sound and East Vancouver Island.
Fifty millimetres of rain could fall by tomorrow morning. Environment Canada adds we may see localized flooding in low-lying areas.
A snowfall warning has been upgraded to a winter storm warning for Whistler and the Sea to Sky highway.
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Yesterday, BC Ferries cancelled sailings in both directions between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay up until 2 p.m. due to high winds. When service resumed, there were big back-ups at the terminals.
“We did see some overloads this morning, out of both Tsawwaseen and Swartz Bay,” says Marshall, adding that most of the backlog has been cleared.
Some sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point were also cancelled yesterday due to mechanical issues with the Queen of Coquitlam.