Wind storms, although infrequent, do occur along the west coast. Wind storms can also be accompanied by heavy rains adding to the potential impact on local neighbourhoods.
Environment Canada provides wind warnings for coastal regions when wind sustained wind speeds reach 65 km/h, or gusts of 90km/h are fore casted. Winds at these speeds are capable of breaking small branches and even uprooting or breaking entire trees causing power outages and blocking roads.
Extreme caution is needed if you are driving or find yourself outside in a windstorm. It is important to drive cautiously and find shelter before conditions begin to worsen.