No lights district: Dutch capital grinds to a halt after major power outage

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 a large part of North Holland province was hit by the outage. Tennet says the cause was an overload leading to an outage at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam.