Thousands without power as of midday Saturday

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Newfoundland Power is reporting that approximately 2,700 customers remain without power as of 1 p.m. Saturday following a massive snowstorm that swept across the island Thursday and Friday.

Of those 2,700 customers, 1,500 are in the St. John’s metro area, with the remainder of outages scattered throughout the rest of the Avalon Peninsula and central Newfoundland.

According to its website, the estimated time for those outages to end is 4 p.m.

The Holyrood Thermal Generating Station went offline early Friday morning, but Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said the site began generating power once again at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

NL Hydro was advising people to conserve electricity as work continued to stabilize the system, but that advisory was lifted by late Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, snow plows continue to clear streets in the metro area. Environment Canada reports that 52 centimetres of snow fell on St. John’s.

That snow later changed to freezing rain, making what snow remained quite heavy for people attempting to rescue vehicles trapped by the snow.

This story has been edited to correct information published in an earlier version.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Holyrood Thermal Generating Station, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro NL Hydro Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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