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Ferry cancellations, blackouts as winter storm lashes B.C. south coast

VANCOUVER — More wet and windy weather is slamming British Columbia's south coast, prompting ferry cancellations and blackouts.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for all of Vancouver Island as well as Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley and Howe Sound.

The federal agency warns a powerful low pressure system will bring southeast winds of 60 to 90 kilometres per hour to the inner south coast beginning Saturday morning.

It says the wind will veer to the southwest this evening and gradually ease overnight.

Thousands were without power on Vancouver Island, with Duncan and North Cowichan especially hard hit by blackouts.

The high winds also forced BC Ferries to cancel some sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo.

Snowfall warnings were in effect for parts of the Southern Interior and Kootenay Boundary regions, with 15 to 25 centimetres expected.

The Canadian Press

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