Midwest Million Left in Icy Dark

Massive power outage as new storm prepares to blast region again
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 7:41 AM CST
An OG&E crew check tree limbs and ice on power lines along the road after an ice storm in eastern Oklahoma County, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nearly 1 million people are without power in the aftermath of a nightmarish ice storm that wreaked havoc with roads, homes and airports through a Midwestern swath of the nation. The storm has claimed 24 lives so far, most on ice-slicked roadways. Forecasters predicted a new storm building in the southern Plains today that will deliver more sleet and freezing rain to Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.

The power outage was the worst ever in Oklahoma, with more than 618,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Thousands were also affected in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. "We're relying on people to look after each other," said the mayor of Oklahoma City. "People who have electricity ought to be sharing it with people who don't."