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Factbox: Over 1 million without power in U.S. from winter storms


A fierce winter storm gripped western New York on Friday (December 23), drastically reducing visibility in the city of Buffalo.

Over 1 million homes and businesses were without power in the eastern half of the United States and Texas on Saturday 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.

The greatest numbers of outages were in the southeast, with 277,442 customers without power in North Carolina, followed by Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, and New York.

During the Christmas weekend, storms are expected to bring blizzard conditions to the Great Lakes region, heavy rains followed by a flash freeze on the East Coast and wind gusts of 60 miles per hour (100 kph) and bitter cold as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.

Here are the major outages by state:

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