Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for parts of Vancouver Island advising residents to prepare for gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour in some areas.

Environment Canada says an intense frontal system approaching B.C.'s coast will bring southeasterly winds of 70 km/h up to 90 km/h for the Victoria region near Haro Strait, southern sections of the Southern Gulf Islands, exposed coastal sections of the Sunshine Coast and east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

Another wind warning was issued Wednesday for northern Vancouver Island, saying winds there could gust up to 110 km/h.

The winds will start late Wednesday morning and are expected to mostly subside through Wednesday evening.

Environment Canada issues wind warnings when there's a "significant risk of damaging winds."

Homeowners should be cautious of loose objects on patios that may be tossed around by the wind.