Environment Canada issued a severe wind warning for Vancouver Island yesterday. South West Vancouver Island (where we are) was hardest hit with 90 km winds and 100 km gusts. Although we were most exposed, our little town was unscathed. Elsewhere, BC hydro lines were knocked out and thousands were without power for hours.
Wind storms make for spectacular viewing. At its worse, we watched from the safety of our house. When it calmed down, we went to Amphitrite for a closer look. There were other tourists and storm watchers there. It was easy to identify first timers – they wore woefully inadequate rain ponchos which flapped in the wind as they hurried back to their cars. Geared up in proper rain jackets, hoods and waterproof boots, we still got chilled to the bone.
But it was awesome.