Weather warnings have been lifted and windy conditions have subsided enough to allow the sailing of the ferry from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii. The ferry is expected to dock at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Strong winds created troubles for travellers in the Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert regions. Ferries remained in dock until the winds subsided. Environment Canada issued high wind warnings for the Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii areas on Jan. 30.
The 10 a.m. sailing of the Northern Expedition was delayed until it was safe to sail at approximately 1:30 p.m.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to delay sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so,” BC Ferries said.
Strong winds, coming from the southeast, of up to 90 kilometres per hour continued to develop during the morning over Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert and exposed areas of the north coast. Loose and unsecured objects may have been thrown around by the wind and cause injury or damage. The high winds toppled some large trees in Prince Rupert.
Winds extended down to the central coast and Vancouver in the late morning.
By the afternoon on Thursday winds veered to the west or southwest, according to Environment Canada. The winds eased by late afternoon over Haida Gwaii and the north coast.