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Major power outage hits Amsterdam and surrounding areas, halting trains, trams

  • A couple comforts a young girl in a stroller after being freed from an elevator by the fire department, rear, during a power outage in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 27, 2015. The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns suffered a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A couple comforts a young girl in a stroller after being freed from an elevator by the fire department, rear, during a power outage in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 27, 2015. The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns suffered a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A line of trams stands immobilized near Rijksmuseum, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 27, 2015. The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns suffered a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A line of trams stands immobilized near Rijksmuseum, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 27, 2015. The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns suffered a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding towns are suffering a major power outage, halting trains, trams and affecting flights to Schiphol Airport.

Schiphol says in a tweet it is running on emergency power but flight schedules are "seriously disrupted" by Friday's outage.

Dutch electricity network administrator Tennet says that a large part of North Holland province, which is home to some 2.7 million people, was hit by the outage. Tennet says the cause was an outage at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam.

The national railroad service says that no trains are running in and around Amsterdam.