Heavy winds are expected to hit Sooke and the rest of the southern tip of Vancouver Island later this Sunday afternoon and evening, warned Environment Canada earlier today.
The storm is a result of an intensifying low pressure system off the Washington Coast that will spawn strong southeast winds up to 60 km/h. The system will then shift southwest by this evening and create gusts up to 90 km/h over Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Environment Canada said damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, is possible, and that any loose objects that may cause damage or injury if left unsecured.
Winds are expected to ease overnight however, as the storm moves into the B.C. Interior.
During the duration of the storm, power outages and downed trees are expected, so residents are encouraged to prepare in advance and remain on alert.