When storm clouds roll into the city, it's all hands on deck at the EPB distribution center to manage power outages.
"The major things that go out, we have automatic control on them though our smart grid and we can tell at the moment they happened. We can tell how big it is, how many customers are involved with it," said Don Nanney who manages the control system at EPB.
He keeps all their crews on standby in case they need to respond to the winds wrath on power lines.
"Normally most of the crews are getting off between 4:30 and 5:30," Nanney said, "We held them because we could see the storms coming and was pretty close to us and it's a whole lot easier if you got them here to use them than try to get them back in here.
They keep track of more than 169-thousand homes and businesses when they're threatened by severe weather, ready as soon as the storm knocks out someone's power.
"Most of them, the bigger ones have restored themselves with our smart grid where they're done an auto restoration on them. Most of our customers, the biggest ones we've had out were in the 20 and 30 customer range," said Nanney.
Nanney says that's a low number considering the risks of this type of storm.
Nanney said, "We were expecting it to be a lot worse storm than it was and we were very fortunate that it wasn't."