, 2022-12-23 02:00:00,
The second winter storm in a week has led to ferry and flight cancellations, travel delays and power outages on Vancouver Island.
A freezing rain and winter storm weather warning for Greater Victoria, inland and west Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast was issued on Friday by Environment Canada. Freezing rain could persist in interior sections of the island into Saturday morning.
Most flights at Victoria International Airport were cancelled or delayed on Friday. The airport authority advised passengers to check with their airline for latest flight information.
B.C. Ferries cancelled a number of sailings Friday morning, including ones connecting Metro Vancouver to Victoria, Nanaimo, the Sunshine Coast and the Southern Gulf Islands.
“BC Ferries actually gave me a phone call last night to tell me the sailing was cancelled, which I did not expect,” said passenger Bernard Von Schulmann, about his 9 a.m. sailing.
The ferry operator announced potential sailing cancellations Friday evening for the Queen of Cumberland connecting Victoria and Southern Gulf Islands as the company has been unsuccessful in securing the required number of staff to operate the vessel.
The company added more than 150 extra sailings between Thursday and Jan. 2 to manage the busy holiday season, with more than 100 of those sailings connecting Vancouver and Victoria. However, there’s a strong possibility…
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