December 2008 Northeastern United States ice storm

Dec 11 – Dec 12, 2008

The December 2008 Northeastern United States ice storm was a damaging ice storm that took out power for millions of people in the Northeastern United States. The storm was deemed the worst ice storm in a decade for New England[2] and the most severe ice storm in 21 years for Upstate New York.[3] Damage was primarily a result of fallen trees and fallen utility wires and poles, which were coated in a heavy layer of ice. The storm raised heavy controversy over the slow return of power, as at the storm’s peak, as many as 1.7 million customers were without power.[4] Days after the storm more than 800,000 customers were still without power.[5] Almost a week after the storm still more than 100,000 customers were without power, affecting the holiday shopping season and crippling the business and transportation of many northeast cities for days.[6]

Power outages: 1.7 million
Type: Ice storm
Date: Dec 11 – Dec 12, 2008
Damage: ~$2.5 to 3.7 billion (2008 USD)
Affected areas: Northeastern United States

(Source: Wikipedia)

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