Hydro crews were in North Cowichan repairing lines Friday morning and will be on standby as another storm is set to make its way across Vancouver Island this afternoon. (Citizen file)

Hydro crews were in North Cowichan repairing lines Friday morning and will be on standby as another storm is set to make its way across Vancouver Island this afternoon. (Citizen file)

High winds expected this afternoon

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected

Upwards of 1,500 B.C. Hydro customers in the Cowichan Valley service area went without power for several hours this morning and a downed wire was the cause.

The outages comes as Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for east Vancouver Island.

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected as a long pressure system passes to the west of the Island this afternoon.

Winds had been forecast to top 70 km/h over Greater Victoria and the South Gulf Islands this morning, spreading to the eastern side of the Island and Sunshine Coast this afternoon.

B.C. Ferries has alerted would-be passengers on sailings between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay), Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point), and West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Nanaimo (Departure Bay). While no cancellations have been announced, ferries officials are keeping an eye on the weather.

Environment Canada notes the winds should weaken overnight.

To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.