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01/04/2014 07:04 EST | Updated 03/06/2014 05:59 EST

Storm Wallops Newfoundland, Power Outages Across Island

Power is out for residents in many parts of Newfoundland on Saturday morning.

People across the island took to social media to report lost power from various parts of the island shortly after 9 a.m. NT.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said severe weather caused a fire in Sunnyside that led to a shutdown at the Holyrood Generating Station, causing a massive outage across the island.

NL Hydro said it is working to restore power at Holyrood but it may take several hours.

Sunnyside Mayor Robert Snook said the fire at the sub-station in his town is still burning.

"I'm on a fair distance from it, I was right up there a few minutes ago and I could see the flame, but now you can see the black smoke billowing out," he said.

"I'm looking right at it and it's just a lot of black smoke."

Snook said residents don't need to be concerned about the flames spreading.

"There's no threat to any homes or anything like that. That sub-station is well away from any homes and is way up on the hill, so no, it's not a concern right now."

Winds, blowing snow continue

The storm continued on the Avalon Peninsula and parts of the east coast of Newfoundland on Saturday morning after a reported 38 centimetres of snow fell overnight Friday.

Blowing and drifting snow remains a big concern, and RCMP advised motorists to stay off highways.

Temperatures dipped to around -15 C in St. John's, with the wind chill making it feel like -35 C.

Travellers hoping to make it through St. John's International Airport will be forced to reschedule travel arrangements, as most flights are cancelled or delayed.

Marine Atlantic cancelled its morning crossings at Port aux Basques and North Sydney, N.S., due to inclement weather conditions. Travellers are advised to continue to check the Marine Atlantic website for updates.

Metrobus Transit has cancelled all city service on Saturday morning, with an update expected at 12 p.m. NT.

Police advised drivers to use caution, and to stay off roads and highways if possible due to blizzard-like conditions.

Newfoundland Power ended its rotating power outages on Friday night, saying people seemed to respond to the company's plea to conserve power.

Michelle Coughlan, with Newfoundland Power, said they could start again as early as Saturday morning.

"We're watching the system very closely this morning," she said. "For the moment, the system is looking good, but we do anticipate that later this morning there is a possibility that we may have to begin the rotating power outages again."

Problems with broken generators have caused problems at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's Holyrood Generating Station, and limited how much power is available to customers across the province.

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