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Weather blamed for evening Yellowknife-wide power outage

Official with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation blame the weather for Tuesday night's widespread power outage in Yellowknife. A lightning strike near the Snare and Bluefish hydro plants likely caused the outage.

Officials say a lightning strike the likely culprit behind widespread power outage

A lightning strike is shown over Yellowknife in June 2018 in this CBC file photo. Officials say a strike at the Snare and Bluefish hydro plants likely caused Monday's city-wide outage. (Ashley Brauweiler/CBC )

Official with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation blame the weather for last night's widespread power outage in Yellowknife. 

The entire city lost power shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, reportedly triggering several fire alarms. 

Lightning at the Snare and Bluefish hydro systems likely caused the outage, explained Doug Prendergast, a spokesman for the power corporation. 

The Northwest Territories wildfire map shows hundreds of lightning strikes over the past 24 hours roughly in the area where the hydro generators are located. 

Crews worked to restore power throughout Monday evening, with Northland Utilities reporting on Twitter that crews had finished their work shortly before midnight. 

Power to Yellowknife is supplied by the power corporation and distributed by Northland Utilities. 

 

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