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Wind warning issued for north Vancouver Island on Monday

High winds could result in power outages and fallen tree branches. 
A cyclist travels along Dallas Road on a sunny and cool day in Victoria on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

High winds are expected on North Vancouver Island and the central coast on Monday.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning, saying southeast winds of 90 kilometres an hour with gusts to 110 km/h are expected starting in the afternoon.

The wind is expected to ease in the evening.

High winds could result in power outages and fallen tree branches. 

On the weekend, a downed wire caused an outage affecting 1,435 customers in Ladysmith, while 441 were affected in Duncan. Smaller outages were reported in Qualicum Beach, Gabriola Island, Chemainus, Metchosin and Nanaimo. 

The previous weekend, a windstorm that began on Nov. 10 caused power outages for 235,000 B.C. Hydro customers

B.C. Hydro reported then that drought-damaged trees — which are more susceptible to high winds and other severe weather — came down on many power lines during the storm.

The utility was able to restore power to 99 per cent of storm-affected customers in the next two days. 

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