Tens of thousands of customers in Oklahoma are still in the dark more than a week after an ice storm battered the state.
Utility crews estimate that power will be restored to the rest of their customers by late tomorrow or Thursday.
But until then, many residents are having to deal with dwindling bank accounts. Some have spent their money to stay in hotels, thinking power at home would be restored within a day or two. Others have depleted their funds by stocking up on food that has now spoiled.
In Kansas, thousands also remain without power, and some of those in rural areas might not see electricity restored for a week or more.
Even as the Plains keeps up the struggle to put the power back on, a region stretching from the Great Lakes to New England is digging out from a weekend storm that left up to 18 inches of snow on the ground. At least eight traffic deaths were reported.