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.

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“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.”