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Brutal Winter Storm Knocks Out Power for Over a Million Americans

As a winter storm stretches from the plains to the East Coast, more than 1 million people have lost power in over 20 states, according to the latest data compiled by PowerOutage.us.

North Carolina leads the outages with 165,654 electric customers without power as of 10:30 a.m. ET Friday.

Eleven other states have more than 50,000 reported outages at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday. Three of those states border the Great Lakes: New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service (NWS) says lake effect snowfall can be expected for favored downwind locations on Saturday as very cold arctic air streams across the region.

Four other states with 50,000-plus outages are in New England: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The others are Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The NWS says widespread record-low maximum temperature values are possible Friday from the Lower Mississippi Valley, northeastward into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and stretching across large sections of the East from the Southeast, through the Southern to Central Appalachians and into the Mid-Atlantic.

Flight cancellations

Already, more than 2,600 U.S. flights have been delayed as of 10:30 a.m. ET Friday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware, while more than 3,600 have been canceled.

On Thursday, more than 10,000 flights across the U.S. were delayed and more than 2,500 were canceled.

The airlines are now proactively issuing waivers to help travelers whose flights are canceled during a certain stretch of the holiday.

5 Comments
  • Rudog says:

    yeh… grid’s ’bout to collapse…. fuckin’ godless kommunistas aimin’ for that action…

  • Zeus Papadopoulos says:

    Nope. Never saw this coming.

  • Slim says:

    Mine was out for 51/2 hours and we didn’t even have any snow.

  • Global warming! They’re saying this is a once in a generation storm. I guess they’re not counting the one last year that froze most of Texas. We ought to be burning climate change cultists to stay warm.

  • Michael_T says:

    It is supposed to drop to 24F tonight, near Ocala Florida.
    I lived in Ohio, for decades. My house was along a state highway, and my electric was out over 24 hours, one time. When it finally came back on, my TV was still turned n. As son as the lights came on. I hear a commercial from Cincinnati Gas & Electric with their slogan, We’re There When You Need Us” it was below freezing inside my house.

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