Nashville Electric Services officials said late Tuesday afternoon about 7,600 NES customers were without power as of 5 p.m.
The outages are spread over the entire 700-square-mile NES system and due to the severe thunderstorms that passed through Nashville Monday afternoon.
NES crews are working to replace 38 broken poles. Sixteen of those were found earlier Tuesday as crews worked to make repairs. Tree trimming crews are continuing to remove limbs, tree failures and debris from downed wiring, but are being slowed by the large volume of trees damage caused by the storm.
“Crews are continuing to work on making repairs to the outages that still remain. It is a slow-going process since the outages are not in a concentrated area. We are also finding more damage as we are working, which has slowed the crews down,” said Tim Hill, NES corporate communications supervisor.
Crews will continue working throughout the evening to restore power. NES has 72 bucket crews in the field working and called in additional crews Tuesday afternoon to assist in the restoration efforts.
By comparison, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, about 14,750 NES customers were without power. The figure compares to a high of 78,000.