(Reuters) - About a million 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 PowerOutage.us.
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 264,699 customers without power in Maine, followed by New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts.
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, 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 205,310 customers without power.