Update: Strong outflow winds will continue in Howe Sound including Bowen Island for another day. An arctic ridge of high pressure over the BC interior is resulting in strong outflow through Howe Sound, says Environment Canada.
Northerly outflow winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 over southern sections of Howe Sound could briefly fall below warning criteria by noon. However, gusts up to 90 km/h should return by evening and persist until Friday morning.
Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Howe Sound. Strong outflow winds will begin tonight and continue to Thursday morning.
Southern sections of Howe Sound including Bowen Island are under the wind warning. “A high pressure will build over BC interior tonight resulting in strong outflow through Howe Sound. Northeast outflow winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 can be expected over southern sections of Howe Sound beginning this evening and persist through Thursday morning,” says the agency.
Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.