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America's natural gas and electrical system will be put to the test in the next few days as a winter storm that's expected to cascade across the country brings heavy snowfall, ice, flooding and powerful winds.
The National Weather Service says a tremendously impactful winter storm will continue to affect large portions of the nation late this week and going into the holiday weekend. Winter weather hazards will stretch from border to border across the central and eastern U.S. and from coast to coast from the east coast to the Pacific Northwest.
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"I think you're going to see the demand for energy in the next couple of days be the highest it's ever been in our country's history," American Gas Association CEO Karen Harbert told FOX Business. "This is a storm of consequence, and it's not isolated. If you look at the storm … it's going to affect almost the entire lower 48."
Temperatures in parts of the country have already plummeted Thursday and millions of people are already under some typ of winter weather advisory.
"As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 280 million people in the U.S. are under some form of winter weather warning or advisory," the NWS said. The total includes nearly 150 million for wind chill warnings or advisories, 114 million for blizzard warning, 56 million for winter storm warnings and 500 thousand for ice storm warnings.
Although the system is going to be stressed like never before, Harbert said utility companies have been preparing all year for this.
"Demand is going to be unprecedented. And they're going to try and manage that load demand very carefully," she added.