Millions in the Dark after Winter Storm

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CBNNews.com - More than a million people are without power as a massive winter storm covered the Northeast, Wednesday.

Power failures have been reported from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Authorities said it could be a week before some communities have electricity again.

Trees and power lines weighed down by ice up to three inches thick, tumbled onto roads and crashed onto power lines in hard-hit Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma earlier in the week.

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The storm has been blamed for 23 deaths, including a 93-year-old man in Michigan man who froze to death after having his electricity cut off. He had fallen behind on his bill.

The blast of winter also made traveling on roads almost impossible.

On Wednesday night, President Obama declared federal emergencies in Arkansas and Kentucky, making both states eligible for federal aide.

The trail of snow and ice stopped some truckers in their tracks for more than 24 hours as it moved from Texas and Oklahoma through the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

Kentucky resident David Stark carefully traveled on Interstate 71 to get to work in La Grange, in the northern part of the state.

"The roads look clear but you can't do over 40 mph," he said during a stop at a convenience store for gas and food. "There's a lot of black ice. I slipped and slid everywhere."

Power crews are moving to restore power to freezing customers as the storm continues to move.

Source: CBN News, The Associated Press

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