Ladysmith is NOT Florida
or the Carolinas, nor is Saltsping Island the meteorological equivalent of Haiti!
The LOCAL forecast
at this time, Friday morning, is that THIS DAY winds in Ladysmith are going to be 7 to 12 knots, rising overnight to 15 knots sustained and gusting to 30 knots during the early morning hours. Then easing by Saturday morning to 10 knts. The duration of the "storm" will only be six to eight hours, I'm sure.
This is normal stuff for the Salish Sea at this time of the year. The Salish Sea is just a huge bathtub. It has a micro-climate all its own, and that climate is not predictable or even understandable on the basis of stuff leaned in the Caribbean
or the North Sea - sez I, having come in King Arthur's time from the North Sea :-)
Yes, Ladysmith's "opening" is exposed to sou-easterlies, but it is only half a mile wide and totally bunged up with log booms and chip barges that form a floating breakwater against any swells that might arise in the piddling fetch of what, 5 miles or so? before Thetis, Kuper and Saltspring islands handle that job.
As the wind
begins to pipe up, I would thing it's gonna go to sou-west, thus blowing across the harbour mouth rather than into it.