The Christmas holiday might not be so merry and bright for some state residents this year.
At least 1.6 million people have lost electricity and are waiting for it to return as of Saturday morning, all thanks to a “bomb cyclone” that hit the United States this week. The drastic change in weather has also put a hiccup in many people’s travel plans for the Christmas holiday, with thousands of flights either delayed or canceled as a storm precaution.
The following states have at least 50,000 or more residents who are without power on Christmas Eve.
The state with the most power outages going into the weekend is North Carolina, with 415,588 residents without power as of 10:40 a.m. EST. The number has more than doubled since Friday, when almost 200,000 were without electricity, according to PowerOutage.us.
The Volunteer State has close to 300,000 residents without power, with the total reaching 296,897 as of late Saturday morning.
“We encourage all Tennesseans to take extra precaution on roads & heed warnings from officials throughout the weekend,” Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) wrote on social media on Friday.
We encourage all Tennesseans to take extra precaution on roads & heed warnings from officials throughout the weekend.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) December 23, 2022
The last state to have over 100,000 residents without power going into the weekend is Maine. As of 10:40 a.m. EST, the state has a total of 222,381 residents without electricity.
At the start of the weekend, 79,021 residents of the Palmetto State had no electricity.
The Empire State does not have nearly as many outages as other states to its south, such as North Carolina and Tennessee, though it has well over 50,000 people without power as of Saturday morning, with the total right now being 69,833.
“If you must go outside, wear appropriate clothing, monitor for signs of hypothermia or frostbite, and take breaks,” Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) wrote on social media. “Stay warm and stay safe, New York.”
Cold temperatures have created dangerous road conditions for today. Please continue to stay off the roads.
If you must go outside, wear appropriate clothing, monitor for signs of hypothermia or frostbite, and take breaks.
Stay warm and stay safe, New York.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 24, 2022
New Hampshire is faring better than neighboring Maine as of Saturday morning, though not by much, with 61,670 people without power.
The state of Virginia has 59,787 residents who are without power on Christmas Eve.
As of Saturday morning, the state of Georgia has a total of 54,733 residents who have lost electricity going into Christmas.
“If you are traveling for the holidays, ensure your home is in good hands while you’re away,” Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) wrote on social media. “Check on elderly family and neighbors. Georgians are resilient. We will get through this freezing weather together.”
As temperatures continue to fall across Georgia, remain weather aware. If you are traveling for the holidays, ensure your home is in good hands while you're away. Check on elderly family and neighbors.
Georgians are resilient. We will get through this freezing weather together. https://t.co/UeNiTFqN0f
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) December 23, 2022
The Bluegrass State has 50,457 residents who are without power as of Saturday.
States with smaller power outages
States that have at least 10,000 residents without power include California, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts.