Power knocked out by windy conditions

High winds are likely to blame for a series of power outages on Tuesday. The biggest occurred on yesterday morning, knocking out the power to 3,000 customers, according to Yukon Energy.

High winds are likely to blame for a series of power outages on Tuesday.

The biggest occurred on yesterday morning, knocking out the power to 3,000 customers, according to Yukon Energy.

Things went dark just before 10 a.m. in Porter Creek, Crestview, Range Road and the Marwell Industrial area as well as parts of Hillcrest and downtown.

Everything was back up and running in about an hour.

“We suspect the outage was caused by a tree on one of our (Yukon Energy’s) lines, but won’t be able to confirm that until we can do an aerial patrol later this week,” Yukon Energy spokesperson Janet Patterson said in an email Tuesday.

“Winds are too high to safely do the patrol today.”

According to Environment Canada, wind at the Whitehorse airport at the time of the outage was gusting up to 53 km/hr.

On Tuesday evening another 1,800 residents near Whitehorse lost power from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m., according to ATCO Electric Yukon. Affected neighbourhoods included Whistle Bend, Lake Laberge, Kulan, Crestview and Mayo Road. A fallen tree is suspected to have knocked out a power line in this case, too.

In all, Yukon Electric responded to more than two dozen power outage calls on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Most outages only affected a handful of residents in rural neighbourhoods south of the city, according to the company.

Power had been restored to most areas by midnight, but technicians continued to work to work on repairing a fallen line at Gentain Lane this morning.

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