CNN, in reporting on the October storms, is reporting that many power outages are in "old neighborhoods" with older, perhaps rotten, trees.
For more on storm power outages, look at the "BillBoushka" blog, Feb. 5, 2010, or the label "infrastructure".
Youtube video below, from yesterday, not sure what state. The worst hit area may be around Harrisburg and York PA, where there is still more foilage.
Update: Oct. 31
Note this story on the Huffington Post by Seth Borenstein: "Richard Muller, global warming skeptic, now agrees climate change is real", link here, based on his own new study.