LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — There are still about 130,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas without power -- about half as many as there were in the immediate aftermath of a Christmas Day blizzard that dumped more than 15 inches of snow on the state.
And utility officials say some areas might not get the lights back on until the new year.
Many people have escaped their freezing homes by booking hotel rooms in Little Rock, which was one of the cities hit hardest by the outages. One woman has lined up a series of hotel stays to make it at least through tomorrow night -- while checking in often with neighbors to see if the lights are back on. But she says, "You run out of money fast."
After sweeping across Arkansas -- and giving Little Rock its first white Christmas since 1926 -- the storm rolled into the Midwest and the Northeast before moving on to Canada. Up to 20 inches of snow fell in the Adirondacks of New York.
Nationwide, at least 17 people died because of the ice, snow and wind.
117-a-10-(David Roth, forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"move east-northeast"-National Weather Service forecaster David Roth says another storm system, with more snow for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, is in the weekend forecast. (28 Dec 2012)
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062-a-12-(Bruce Sullivan, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"town of Woodford"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan says snow totals are high in some spots of the Northeast away from the coast. (28 Dec 2012)
<<CUT *062 (12/28/12)>> 00:12 "town of Woodford"
APPHOTO ARHOT101: An Entergy Arkansas Inc., crew works to restore power to customers on Whittington Avenue near the entrance to Hot Springs National Park, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Hot Springs, Ark. A Christmas Day storm dumped between 6 to 15 inches of snow knocking out power to about half of the 61,000 customers in Garland County. (AP Photo/The Sentinel-Record, Richard Rasmussen) (27 Dec 2012)
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