People are being advised to charge their phones while they still have power. The weather services sends out text messages.
We use our devices to get news and now it's important to keep them running to continue that service. As power goes out people feel even more disconnected without a working internet connection on some device. We are accustomed to immediate news and it feels like something is missing without it.
This is a good thing, and not that much different from radio really. My only radio is in my car, which is not a good place to be in a storm. I would be one of those people making sure my phone was fully charged.
My best wishes go out in hope that we can keep our casualties low. This is a tough time for a lot of people.