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Wind knocks out power, weather warnings issued for southern B.C.

VANCOUVER — Strong winds from an unseasonable storm have knocked out power to thousands on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland.
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An ominous and dark sky threatens Tofino's Chesterman Beach in this December 2009 photo. Strong winds from an unseasonable storm knocked out power to thousands on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland on Wednesday, May 18 2022. Environment Canada posted wind warnings for much of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the southern Gulf Islands.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keven Drews

VANCOUVER — Strong winds from an unseasonable storm have knocked out power to thousands on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland. 

Environment Canada posted wind warnings on Wednesday for much of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the southern Gulf Islands. 

The forecast called for very strong southwesterly winds of 70 kilometres per hour, gusting to 90 km/h, but easing by afternoon. 

Special weather statements have also been posted for more than a dozen areas in southern B.C., including the Fraser Canyon, Nicola, Similkameen, Shuswap and East and West Columbia, where up to five centimetres of snow is forecast.

The weather office says the snow was expected to change to rain later in the day, but cautioned that driving conditions could be hazardous. 

The Fraser Valley, much of Metro Vancouver, the Howe Sound, inland on Vancouver Island and Whistler areas were warned to expect from 40 to 60 millimetres of rain. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 18, 2022.

The Canadian Press