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Staff file photo / Service technicians Stacy Mann, left, and Nathen Lloyd step out of an EPB trailer with a newly installed fiber optics cable during an installation at CityGreen Apartments in Chattanooga's North Shore area in 2016.

More than 200 EPB customers remain without power this morning following Monday night storms that at one time knocked out electric service for more than 3,400 customers in the Chattanooga area.

But EPB spokesman John Pless said the utility's smart grid, which uses fiber optic links and intelliruptors to monitor and control power flows, helped limit the power outages in most of the city.

"The smart grid kept the power on for about 8,100 homes and businesses that would have experienced an outage either by preventing the outage or automatically restoring service," Pless said.

EPB kept crews overnight to continue repairing damage after high winds and heavy rains struck the Chattanooga area Monday night. EPB personnel are working today to restore power throughout the region.

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