Strong winds are causing power outages and forcing BC Ferries to cancel a number of routes.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Saturday in Metro Vancouver, forecasting 60 kilometre-per-hour winds along the Georgia Strait.
The weather agency said a vigorous front of northwesterly wings will reach gusts of 80 kilometres-per-hour as it funnels down the passage.
As of 9 a.m., BC Hydro reported that 1,400 customers were without power, with Kerrisdale in Vancouver and Morgan Heights in Surrey being the hardest hit.
BC Ferries cancelled the 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. sailings from Tsawwassen to Victoria, due to a a mechanical issue that it says limits the vessel in adverse weather. The crown corporation was also dealing with an IT issue impacting ticket purchases, causing further delays.
.@bag_cats Hi Habby, that's correct. The wind is primarily affecting the #Tsawwassen side today – those blue skies are lovely (and deceiving). Any updates or changes will be posted under #ServiceNotices here: https://t.co/xiW4Vx8LKA ^rz
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) April 27, 2019
The high winds are expected to continue throughout the day and weaken in the early evening hours.