Thousands are without power as the first severe wind storm of the fall season hits the Island.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria, east and west Vancouver Island, the southern Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. A low pressure system is expected to cause southeast winds of 70 kilometres an hour, with gusts of 90, across the region. The wind picked up in the late afternoon and early evening; it is expected to ease overnight as the low moves inland. Environment Canada is forecasting the peak of the storm to be between 9 p.m. and midnight.