More than 1 million people in the United States are without power as a severe winter storm has hit the country, bringing temperatures well below freezing in many states.
A variety of the outages occurred in New England, where, according to the website poweroutage.us to monitor power outages on Friday evening, more than 500,000 customers were without power. This includes nearly 250,000 customers in Maine and more than 100,000 in New Hampshire.
More than 50,000 customers are without power in each of the more than half a dozen states on the East Coast, from New York and Massachusetts down to North Carolina. In each of the twelve other states, more than 10,000 customers experience outages.
The storm, which The Weather Channel calls Winter Storm Elliott, also caused more than 8,000 flights to be canceled on Friday and 24,000 more delayed as one of the busiest holiday travel weekends begins, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
The National Weather Service said on Friday that more than 200 million people were subject to a winter weather warning or warning, equivalent to around 60 percent of the U.S. population. According to forecasters, the map showed one of the most extensive winter weather warnings and advisories of all time.
The front produced a bomb cyclone, a storm that occurs when a system in the mid-latitudes near the Great Lakes rapidly intensifies and atmospheric pressure drops significantly, causing blizzard conditions in the region.
According to official figures, crashes in various parts of the country have claimed at least six lives as a result of the storm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.