High winds expected this afternoon


"It's the four routes that cross the Georgia Strait that we're suspending", said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall.

She said B.C. Ferries has taken similar measures before, most recently late previous year.

The Port of Vancouver announced Deltaport closed around 2 p.m. because of the windy weather.

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"We're looking at almost 60 km/h gusts this afternoon, possibly up to 80 near the water".

The winds are expected to be strongest in the Surrey and White Rock areas.

West Vancouver Island, Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands are expected to be buffeted by the winds Friday morning, while the storm is forecast to move through the South Coast in the afternoon.

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A special weather statement was issued for Vancouver, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler and many parts of Vancouver Island. "Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds", the warning reads.

Winds will gradually weaken overnight.

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