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Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:25:08 GMT | By CBC News,

St. John's residents coping without power

St. John's residents coping without power

Many residents were left to cope without electricity for days after a storm knocked the power out in various parts of Newfoundland on Friday morning.

Mariko Nishida and her husband Don Anderson woke up Friday morning to discover they had no power. Their power went out at 7 a.m. Friday and at 10:30 Sunday morning, they still had no power.

The pair moved to St. John's in July 2012 to teach language at Memorial University.

Before moving to the city, they lived in Japan, where Anderson says they had plenty of storms, but no power outages.

He said that they experienced a magnitude 5 earthquake in one area they used to live in without experiencing a power loss.

Anderson said that the company seems to be unprepared for this kind of situation.

"Maybe the power company should listen to the people who live here and take preventative measures so when there is a big storm, then either [a power outage] doesn't happen or they can deal with it," Anderson said.

At one point during the storm, 75,000 customers were left in the dark after something went wrong at the terminal station right next to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro generating station in Holyrood.

"They have to fix the problem so this won't happen again," Nishida said. "Or, it could happen, but they should be able to fix the problem more quickly."

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