How Long Could the U.S. Go Without Electricity?

The power is still out, and things are getting scary.

The house is so cold you can see your own breath. Some of the food in the refrigerator is good, but there’s no way to cook it. The water is still running, barely, but it smells bad and tastes worse. The grocery store is open, but it’s only taking cash—which you can’t get, because the banks are closed. But it doesn’t really matter since the shelves have been picked clean anyway.

You went to work on Monday, but after a couple of hours the boss sent everyone home. Come back when the power comes back on, she said.

That was nine days ago.