The winter storm leaves over 1 million without power before the holidays

As a winter storm stretches from the Plains to the East Coast, more than 1 million people have lost power in over 20 US states, according to the latest data compiled by PowerOutage.us.

North Carolina leads the outages with 165,654 electric customers without power as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Man clears snow from a sidewalk Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr/AP Images)

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Eleven other states have more than 50,000 reported outages as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Three of these states border the Great Lakes: New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says Lakes Effect snowfall can be expected for favored downwind locations on Saturday, as very cold Arctic air flows across the region.

Four other states with over 50,000 outages are in New England: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The others are Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The NWS says widespread record low maximum temperatures are possible Friday from the Lower Mississippi Valley, northeast into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and extending across much of the east from the southeast, through the southern to central Appalachians and into the Mid-Atlantic.

Flight cancellations

The American Airlines plane is de-iced as strong winds whip around 7.5 inches of new snow at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Temperatures plunged far and fast Thursday as a winter storm formed ahead of the Christmas weekend, (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP/AP Images)

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Already, more than 2,600 U.S. flights have been delayed as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern Friday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, while more than 3,600 have been canceled.

As of Thursday, more than 10,028 flights across the United States were delayed and nearly 2,539 were canceled.

Airlines are now proactively issuing waivers to help travelers whose flights are canceled during a certain part of their holiday.

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