Thursday's double power knockout was caused by lightning
Yellowknife, once the world leader in power outages, received a little reminder on Thursday as the power blipped out twice within an hour.
The evening blackouts were accompanied by a dramatic lightning storm rolling across the city – a storm the NWT's power corporation, or NTPC, subsequently blamed for the outages.
"Yellowknife outages this evening have been caused by lightning strikes," read a tweet from NTPC posted just before 11pm.
"NTPC is working to restore and maintain power. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding."
A second power outage. This one’s my fault, folks. I shouldn’t have reset the oven clock after the first one.
— Adrian Bell (@adriandbell) August 3, 2018
Baking two separate cakes tonight and the power goes out both times... guhhhh #yellowknife
— Andrew Pacey (@a_pacey) August 3, 2018
Whole city of Yellowknife seems to have lost power. Which Northern creature is to blame? Errant squirrel? Disruptive beaver? Overworked technocrat? Pesky raven?
— John Last (@johnwlast) August 3, 2018