If you have heard the news of this weekend's snow storm followed by power outages in the northeastern U.S., I can confirm it is true. Our house has been without power for about 36 hours now. The power company has advised that some customers may not have power restored until Thursday.
In my case, I have no electricity, Internet service, or traditional telephone service. Luckily, the cell phone service has continued to work without interruption and the 3G wireless modem also connects to a nearby cell tower. As a result, I do have internet service but everything is battery powered. I am limiting my usage in order to conserve the batteries, in case this does stretch into a multi-day outage.