According to data from PowerOutage.us, more than a million households and businesses were without power on the U.S. East Coast, Midwest, and Texas on Friday as winter storms pounded much of the nation.
With over 164,000 people without power, North Carolina saw the most outages, followed by Virginia with over 92,000 and Connecticut with more than 89,000.
In addition to Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Louisiana, and Arkansas west of the Mississippi River, more than a dozen more states east of the Mississippi River also have more than 10,000 customers who are experiencing power outages as a result of winter storms.
Leading into 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 km per hour) and bitter cold as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.
Georgia joined North Carolina and Kentucky this week in declaring states of emergency. Temperatures in northern Georgia were forecast to hit just 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius) with subzero wind chills.