© Reuters. A man wades through flood waters to attempt to retrieve his truck during a winter storm along the Hudson River in Piermont, New York, U.S., December 23, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar
(Reuters) – Just over 1.2 million homes and businesses were without power in the eastern half of the United States and Texas on Friday as winter storms battered much of the country, according to data from .
U.S. utilities were working to restore power after the storms moved on from their service territories but some were still dealing with high winds.
Most outages were in Maine, with just above 250,000 customers without power, followed by New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Nearly half of the 50 U.S. states counted more than 10,000 customers with outages due to the storms. During the holiday weekend, the storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the Great Lakes region, heavy rains followed by a flash freeze on the East Coast, wind gusts of 60 miles per hour (100 kph) and bitter cold as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.
The utility with the most outages was Central Maine Power with over 210,000 customers without power.
Here are the major outages by state:
New Hampshire 110,486
New York 94,723
North Carolina 64,758
New Jersey 22,732
West Virginia 14,319
Top 20 states 1,159,919
Total nationwide 1,228,882