Power stayed on for most of Thursday’s storms

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Despite the strength of Thursday’s thunderstorms, the power stayed on for more than 92 percent of Denton Municipal Electric customers that night, officials said.

DME released a brief report on the city-owned utility’s response to storms, underscoring efforts made by crews who faced baseball-size hail and 82 mph wind gusts as waves of thunderstorms rolled through Denton Thursday night. Between 6 p.m. and 1:37 a.m., crews restored power after 27 different outages affecting a total of 3,385 customers.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service visited Denton Friday and determined that, while many areas of the city suffered damage from the wind and hail, no tornado touched down in the city.

General Manager Phil Williams credited the utility’s tree trimming program for helping keep power on. The utility has reduced outages by 59 percent in the past five years, officials said. In addition, more than 50 percent of the utility’s distribution lines are underground and less susceptible to weather.

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