More than 800,000 people across the United States were without power on Christmas Eve morning following a severe winter storm that affected nearly the entire country over the past week, according to a PowerOutage report from 5:30 a.m.
Although the power outages spread across the country and affected nine regions, approximately 417,430 of the outages were recorded in the New England region.
The website showed that 248,482 of those outages came from Maine alone, or more than 25% of the 849,004 electric customers tracked in the state.
The next region with widespread outages was the mid-Atlantic with around 225,952.
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While officials predicted sub-zero temperatures would hit many parts of America this weekend, the power outages were considered life-threatening.
The biggest concern arising from the loss of electricity is the inability of many homes to provide heat without it.
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On a positive note, the number of homes without power in southern states dropped significantly on Saturday. Across 12 states, about 116,722 people were without power as of 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
Georgia, which alone reported more than 100,000 people without power on Friday, saw the biggest improvement with only about 11,000 people in the state still waiting for power.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest utility, ended power outages Friday afternoon but continued to urge homeowners and businesses to conserve energy.
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The winter storm will move from the northeastern United States on Christmas Eve towards Canada, but heavy snowfall and persistent winds producing dangerously cold wind chills will pose a serious threat to anyone without power, according to FOX Weather. .
These strong, persistent winds could contribute to additional power outages in the northeast and across the Great Lakes.