Power crews were working Saturday to restore power to almost 1 million customers across the Great Lakes, South and mid-Atlantic states after a powerful winter storm made its way across the U.S.
Hundreds of thousands remained without power in Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan on Saturday morning, according to poweroutage.Us. Tens of thousands more were without power in Alabama, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York as the storm moved east.
Wet, heavy snow and high winds left many without power in southeastern Michigan. Detroit-based DTE warned customers that tree limbs, already weakened by last week’s freezing rain and ice storm, could hit power lines and bring them down.
The National Weather Service in Louisville called the storm, which brought heavy rains and powerful winds Friday, “powerful and historic” with peak wind gusts of 60-80 mph.
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High winds in the Nashville area resulted in 52 broken power poles, Nashville Electric Service posted on Twitter Saturday morning. Tennessee had wind gusts of 50-75 mph buffeting the region with Nashville reporting its strongest gust of 79 mph.
Power outage map
Kentucky Utilities said more than 190,000 of its 1 million customers were without power Saturday morning.
In Tennessee, over 90,000 customers were without power, according to PowerOutage.Us. Nashville Electric Service crews “worked through the night and restored power 73,000 customers,” the company said Saturday.
Duke Energy, which supplies power to parts of the region, said it had more than 10,000 customers without power in Kentucky and Ohio and more than 3,700 without power in Indiana on Saturday. Nearly 3,700 were without power in North Carolina, the company said.
California power outages persist
In north and central California, where a winter storm warning remains in effect, nearly 34,000 remain without power, according to poweroutage.Us. The region has been hit by historic snowfalls with some residents in mountains east of Los Angeles stranded in their homes because snowplows couldn’t handle the accumulations.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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