Nightly News   |  December 24, 2013

Thousands without power

More than 300,000 people from Michigan to Maine are still without power after storms hit this past weekend. NBC's John Yang reports.

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>> people from michigan to maine are still without power this christmas eve after storms this past weekend. and weather is making it difficult and dangerous for others to get where they're going. our story tonight from nbc's john yang .

>> reporter: icy roads made day before christmas travel treacherous in the northeast. near buffalo, new york, a tractor-trailer flipped over, snarling traffic. in northern ohio, interstate 90 was closed, a major east/west link for this travel day, with temperatures forecasted to be below freezing this holiday week, dangerous travel is expected. crews are working around the clock.

>> we work 17 off, seven off, i go home at 6:00 at night and back at 1:00 in the morning.

>> reporter: they're expected to be on the job the rest of the week working to restore power as strong winds and temperatures threaten to make things worse. here in michigan, more than 200,000 businesses and homes have been without power for more than three days. despite crews coming from areas to help, there are still neighborhoods like this one that have yet to be touched. many families are waiting it out in packed hotels if they can find rooms. a hampton inn has become a gathering spot for displaced families, like this one, and their dog, shep. so this is where you will spend christmas ?

>> yes, we spend christmas , we spent our anniversary here yesterday, 23 years, we got to spend it in a motel.

>> reporter: this family is making the best of it.

>> we still don't have power, we don't care, we're together.

>> reporter: grateful to have someplace warm to stay, even if it is not home. jong john yang .