Tens of thousands of people in Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia will likely spend the next few days in the dark.
Power has been restored to many customers, but there are still thousands of customers in our area in the dark.
Wednesday's winter storm left thousands of people in our area without power overnight.
Thursday, we saw crews busy at work trying to restore power.
"Work all day, we've got to work until customers get their power restored," says EPB contractor Stephen Davenport.
In all, at about 80,000 people in the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia areas woke up in the dark Wednesday - half of which we're told may still be without power Thursday night.
"Our expectation is to get half of those people back on today and tonight, we expect the majority of the remaining customers to be restored tomorrow," says EPB spokesperson John Pless.
EPB had about 100 crews working on power lines Thursday. They had to call in about 90 extra crews from Georgia.
"We would love to have more, typically a lot more are available, but those utility districts in the region are having to restore power in their own areas," says Pless.
EPB spokesperson John Pless says this power outage goes down as one of the worst since the April 2011 tornadoes - and they're thankful it wasn't any worse.
"Thanks to that smart grid and the automated switching, we were able to prevent outages for about 40,000 people," says Pless.
The slippery and cold conditions have made it tough for workers to do their jobs.
"More trees are coming down so as soon as we get one line up another tree will come down, so we just try to follow the track and get it back up as fast as we can," says David Shaw, EPB lineman.
Again, most power companies are working to have power restored by tonight, but the work will likely carry over into tomorrow and possibly even Saturday.
By Jerry Askin