OKLAHOMA CITY—A massive outage across the country on Tuesday disrupted millions of Americans and left the nation reeling from a major cyber attack on the nation’s electricity grid.
The outage began on Tuesday evening and lasted through Tuesday morning, leaving millions of people without power, including in some states.
The Associated Press reported that more than 1.3 million homes in 20 states were affected, including California, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
In Georgia, more than 800,000 customers were without power.
The Georgia Power System tweeted out that some areas of the state were experiencing intermittent blackouts for more than a week.
The AP reported that an estimated 9.8 million homes were without service on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service tweeted that Georgia Power has declared a state of emergency in some areas due to the outage.
Officials in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma have declared state of emergencies as well.
In Pennsylvania, authorities were working to restore power to at least 300,000 homes.
In Louisiana, more details about the outage were released Tuesday afternoon.
According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, the outage occurred during a system outage.
The agency is working to get to the bottom of the issue.
In Texas, Gov.
Greg Abbott tweeted that his state was experiencing a “major system outage.”
The state has not been affected by the outage as of press time.
In Arkansas, officials were trying to get customers back online as soon as possible.
A tweet from the state’s governor stated that the state has restored power to the entire state.
In Missouri, the governor has declared an emergency and issued an evacuation order for residents in a city of about 20,000.
Officials from California and New Jersey have also issued state of state emergencies as a precautionary measure.
The Federal Communications Commission issued a statement Tuesday evening saying that the outage had been detected in multiple locations throughout the United States.
Officials at Verizon’s headquarters in Kansas City said that they were investigating the outage but that they are confident that all systems are functioning normally.