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More than a million cut off of power in Northeast US snowstorm

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After a powerful winter storm knocked out power for more than one million people in the Northeastern United States, hundreds of thousands remain in the dark as utility crews rush to restore electricity, RT reports.

Dubbed “Winter Storm Nika” by the Weather Channel, this was the second blizzard to strike the Northeast this week.

Nika dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas, but it did the most damage by creating such thick layers of ice on trees and power lines that some residents are expected to go days without electricity.

While more than a million customers lost power across the Northeast, nearly 850,000 of them were in the Keystone State.

As of Thursday morning, between 495,000 and 537,000 houses remained without electricity and heat, with the local utility PECO warning all its customers may not be back online until the weekend.

But while Pennsylvania bore the brunt of the storm’s effects, other states are also dealing with problems of their own.

About 75,000 customers were in the dark in Maryland as Thursday morning rolled around, while another 7,000 were without power in New Jersey.

In addition to all the power outages, thousands of flights were grounded between Monday and Wednesday – about 6,600 hundred total, according to the flight tracker FlightAware.

Nearly 3,000 were canceled on Wednesday alone, though Thursday is expected to be mostly clear.

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