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Equipment failure leaves 17,000 people without power in St. John’s snowfall

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St. John’s has its first heavy snowfall of the fall, but Newfoundland Power says the massive blackout is not the result of the weather. (Alex Kennedy/CBC)

Power was restored to most homes and businesses after a power outage to more than 17,000 Newfoundland Power customers on the Avalon Peninsula on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Newfoundland Power’s website, the outage occurred around 2:49 p.m. and affected 17,180 customers.

The company tweeted that the outage was related to an equipment issue at Hardwoods substation in St. John’s.

As of 4pm, power has been restored to most customers, according to an update from Newfoundland Power. As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, more than 1,000 of his customers remain without power in the Portugal Cove area.

According to CBC NL meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler, the St. Johns area is expected to start snowing around noon, with the most snow between 4pm and 5pm.

Five to ten centimeters of snow is expected, but wind warnings and special weather warnings remain in effect from St. John’s to Terra Nova.

The outage was not the result of tests on the island of Labrador or on the offshore rink operated by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, according to a statement from the state’s Crown Corporation. I had a power outage.

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