Blizzard in high North, strong winds in Yellowknife wreak havoc

High winds at Yellowknife Aiport Sunday created this moonscape (submitted photo)

As if dealing with the threat of coronavirus wasn’t bad enough, residents in parts of the Northwest Territories have had to deal with Mother Nature over the past few days as well.

Blizzard conditions have wreaked havoc in the northern part of the Northwest Territories.

At one point, the school in Tuktoyaktuk was being used as a warming shelter for those who did not have electricity.

Roads in the community were continuing to be cleared as of Monday morning.

The entire hamlet was reportedly without power for a while and some parts of the community had no power for hours until a line crew was sent from Inuvik.

In Yellowknife, it was so windy Sunday that the outdoor smoking enclosure adjacent to the parking lot blew right off its moorings.

High winds blew the smoking enclosure at the Yellowknife Airport off its moorings Sunday
(submitted photo)

Wind gusts were anywhere between 50 and 100 km/h in both Tuk and Yellowknife.

Thankfully, no serious injuries or damages have been reported.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.