Heavy ice on power lines caused a massive electrical outage in parts of Newfoundland Wednesday. A storm whipped across the island overnight, coating power lines with thick ice.

Thousands of customers lost power temporarily.

About 65,000 of the 175,000 customers serviced by Newfoundland Power in the eastern Avalon Peninsula are still without electricity.

As much 20-centimetres of ice built up on the two main hydroelectric lines that feed power to the peninsula.