Small armies of utility workers labored to turn the lights — and the heat — back on for hundreds of thousands of Southerners as a winter storm that left them without power threatened major cities further up the East Coast.
Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.
All things being considered, we got out of last winter pretty easy (after Sandy, of course). A storm or two here and there. A bit of snow, but nothing all that horrible. This winter, however, has been a very different story.
It's becoming a regular routine in New Jersey. Whether in summer or winter, whenever there's severe weather, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and sometimes even millions of people lose power in their homes and businesses - sometimes for several days or even weeks.
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