Update on Power Outages from Wednesday night storm
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) Seven thousand homes in the EPB network lost power Wednesday night because of the storms.
But the utility says that number would have been 16,000 without the Smart Grid.
EPB officials report Thursday morning that the grid prevented or auto-restored power to more than 8,700 homes.
They say their power crews reduced the outages to about 3,000 within a few hours.
They continued working through the night to knock that down to about 500 customers by 5:30 AM.
They expect the rest of damage to be repaired later today.
Here is the EPB outage map as of 5:30 AM (outages in red)