A line of severe weather ripping through the Nashville area early Tuesday morning has left about 10,180 Nashville Electric Service customers without power as of 4:30 today.
The number was down from more than 27,000 customers lacking electricity shortly before 5 a.m.
Crews will continue working throughout the evening to restore power. NES has brought in 10 contract line crews to assist in the restoration efforts.
As of Tuesday mid-day, NES had 35 crews working to restore service to those customers without service. Additional contract crews will be called in to assist with restoration efforts this afternoon. The areas experiencing the most outages include East Nashville, Old Hickory, Pennington Bend, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville.
Numerous reports of power poles and lines are also down in the aftermath the storm. That number may increase as crews continue to assess damage.
In addition, nine Metro schools were without power Tuesday morning.
NES officials said the utility hopes to have most power restored to customers by some time Tuesday night. However, repair work could be slowed with the prediction of more severe weather on the way.
To report a power outage, call NES at 234-0000. If there are downed wires in your area, assume they are live and call 9-1-1 to report an emergency condition.
NES follows a three-step process recognized as an industry standard best. Hospitals, police departments, fire stations and other public health and safety facilities are priority one.
After larger main lines and neighborhood lines are repaired, work will begin to restore power to individual residences.