Arkansas residents seek warmth amid continuing blackout

4:33 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - There are still about 130,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas without power -- about half as many as there were in the immediate aftermath of a Christmas Day blizzard that dumped more than 15 inches of snow on the state.

And utility officials say some areas might not get the lights back on until the new year.

Many people have escaped their freezing homes by booking hotel rooms in Little Rock, which was one of the cities hit hardest by the outages. One woman has lined up a series of hotel stays to make it at least through tomorrow night -- while checking in often with neighbors to see if the lights are back on. But she says, "You run out of money fast."

After sweeping across Arkansas -- and giving Little Rock its first white Christmas since 1926 -- the storm rolled into the Midwest and the Northeast before moving on to Canada. Up to 20 inches of snow fell in the Adirondacks of New York.

Nationwide, at least 17 people died because of the ice, snow and wind.

The Associated Press

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