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Metro Vancouver wind warning prompts ferry cancellations

Last Updated Feb 26, 2021 at 10:06 am PDT

A windy day at Crescent Beach. (Amanda Wawryk, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A wind warning covers the coastal areas of Metro Vancouver

Winds have forced some ferry cancellations

Meteorologist Michael Kuss says winds expected to ease Friday afternoon

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Make sure to secure any loose objects and hold onto your hat when you head out Friday, with strong winds expected.

Meteorologist Michael Kuss says a wind warning is in place for coastal areas of Metro Vancouver.

“From the North Shore down through Vancouver, Richmond, and South Delta. This is mainly a coastal event as the winds will funnel down the straight out of the northwest,” he explains.

“A ridge of high pressure is building and that will bring sunshine, but as it approaches, we get strong winds developing out of the north. That northerly wind funnels down the Straight of Georgia, brings those gusty breezes — potentially over 70 kilometres per hour, in the 70-90k range — just along the coast,” Michael says. “The farther inland you go, the lighter the winds will be.”

Winds are expected to taper off Friday afternoon.

The weather has already caused a number of BC Ferries sailing cancellations.

All Friday sailings up to and including 1 p.m. between Tsawassen and Duke Point have been cancelled.

The first two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were also called off due to the adverse weather.

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