DETROIT (December 24, 2013) The ice storm that blacked out homes from the Plains to the far Northeast of the U.S. could leave many families in the cold and dark on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
More than half a million homes and businesses still were without power Tuesday afternoon.
Utility crews in several states were working around the clock to restore electricity, but Christmas lights in many homes remain off and the deep chill inside was forcing families to seek shelter with relatives or friends.
Others hunkered down, determined not to let the outages dampen their holiday cheer.
John Potbury has been heating a room in his Mount Morris Township, Mich., home with generator-powered space heaters.
He told his children, ages 8 and 5, that "Santa runs on reindeer power, not electricity, so he should be OK."