Iqaluit hit by second windstorm in a month

High winds shut down some communities in the eastern Arctic Monday as an intense storm system swept up from Labrador and battered southern Baffin Island.

120 km/h gusts batter southern Baffin Island

Iqaluit hit by 2nd windstorm in a month

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High winds shut down Iqaluit Monday afternoon as an intense storm system swept up from Labrador and battered southern Baffin Island.

It was the second time in a month people on southern Baffin Island and in parts of Nunavik had to deal with powerful winds.

In Iqaluit gusts were clocked at more than 120 km/h. Most flights were cancelled and schools and daycares shut down for the day.

Most businesses and Government of Nunavut offices also closed their doors.

Iqaluit mayor John Graham says there's very little the city can do in the face of Mother Nature. 

"It's hard to move people around," he said. "it would be more risk to start moving people in 160 kilometre winds. The best thing is to be prepared and stay home."

People in Iqaluit had been bracing for a repeat of the blizzard that hit Nunavut's capital three weeks ago

That storm left some people without power for close to 17 hours and damaged many buildings. However, there were no reports of power outages today.

Environment Canada says today's storm system didn't produce enough snow to count as a blizzard, but the high winds certainly shook buildings and blew things around.

Monday's storm produced high winds in Pangnirtung as well.  It is forecast to taper off at night only to be followed by another storm Tuesday evening.