EPB crews are working to restore power to dozens of customers Friday night after pop up storms moved through the area, bringing down trees.

It has been a common occurrence this severe weather season.

Over the last few weeks, the Tennessee Valley has seen its fair share of rain, lightning, and wind.

George Morgan, Vegetation Manager for EPB, says power outages often happen because of fallen trees.

“There's not a lot we can do about tree's uprooting, and some are still damaged from the drought a couple years ago,” said George Morgan.

Chattanooga has 3,600 miles of high voltage power lines. Morgan says dozens of crews constantly prune trees within 10 feet of lines.

“We do it on a cycle, so we work around our system. It takes several years to get around,” said Morgan.

Morgan says property owners should consider the weather when choosing or planting trees.

“What the tree will do? How large the tree is going to be. What is that species? Plant trees as far away from power lines as you can. If you have to plant some close plant small species,” said Morgan.

Morgan says crews are available to survey trees you worry could cause power issues. It’s a free service that only requires a call to EPB. He says it's better to identify trouble spots before storms hit.

“The ground will be cracked near the base of the tree,” said Morgan. “Look to see if it's especially to one side, if the tree is broken or split.”

Morgan says his crews continue to come across trees damaged from the 2016 drought.

“If you start seeing dying limbs at the top of the tree, or mushrooms growing around the base of the tree that's an indication the trees are sick,” said Morgan.

Morgan says EPB receives more than 30 calls from an electrical outage caused by trees after each storm.

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