© 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) – More than 800,000 homes and businesses were without power in the eastern half of the United States and Texas 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 New England in the northeast, with 248,162 customers without power in Maine, followed by New Hampshire, New York, Virginia and North Carolina.
Nearly half of the 50 U.S. states counted more than 10,000 customers with outages due to the storms.
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.
The utility with the most outages was Central Maine Power with 188,861 customers without power.
Here are the major outages by state:
New Hampshire 74,866
New York 74,306
North Carolina 40,242
West Virginia 19,491
New Jersey 12,807
Top 20 states 788,712
Total nationwide 821,890