Wind storm stops ferries

A wind storm that made its way through the Okanagan in the early hours of Saturday morning, forced the cancellation of some ferry runs in the Lower Mainland on Friday.

The storm that triggered weather warnings across B.C.'s South Coast Friday forced several ferry cancellations, cut power to thousands of homes and closed down Grouse Mountain.

CTV News Vancouver reports BC Ferries cancelled more than half a dozen sailings from Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Little River, Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay by the early afternoon, leaving passengers temporarily stranded.

Environment Canada forecast the worst of the storm wouldn’t hit until the early evening, when gusting winds were expected to reach up to 90 km/h in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

BC Hydro reported there were more than 15,000 outages across the South Coast by early Friday afternoon, most on the north end of Vancouver Island, and crews were bracing for a potentially challenging evening.

- with files from CTV Vancouver

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