More than 370,000 subscribers were left without power in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio and even New York after a snowstorm brought down electricity poles and toppled trees in the area Thursday, the Power Outage website reported.
The Memphis electric, gas and water utility said more than 130,000 customers had lost power and that it could take days to return.
“We know you are concerned and want to know when you will have power back,” the company said on Twitter. “The rubble must be cleared before crews can restore power.”
The FlightAware website, which tracks flights, reported that airlines canceled nearly 3,000 flights on Friday after canceling more than 5,000 flights on Thursday.
Airlines have faced disruption since before Christmas due to bad weather and the outbreak of the mutated Omicron strain of the Corona virus among their crews.
The National Weather Service said cold wind warnings would remain in place in Texas and the Great Plains where forecasts show temperatures in the single digits or below zero. She warned that cold winds can cause the body temperature to drop in a short time unless adequate preparations are taken.
She added that winter storm warnings and alerts will also remain in effect in Tennessee and Kentucky, through New York and Pennsylvania, to New England, where snow and sleet is expected to cause travel difficulties.
A meteorologist said the winter storm would finally be over on the East Coast by Saturday, but the sleet will persist and some temperatures could drop to record lows in the south-central United States.