Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the eastern US after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from a hurricane.
The Northeast’s second winter storm of the week dumped more than a foot (30 cms) of snow in some states on Wednesday, forcing schools, businesses and government offices to close, hitting air travel and sending cars and trucks sliding on slippery roads.
What made this storm stand out – and caused all those power cuts – was the thick coating of ice it left on trees and power lines. While the storm has cleared, its effects are expected to linger for days.
“People are going to have to have some patience at this point,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said. The governor issued a disaster emergency proclamation, freeing up state agencies to use all available resources and personnel.