Nashville Electric Service officials said Wednesday afternoon the utility continues to work to restore power to the 1,925 customers still without electricity due to Monday’s thunderstorms.
The figure is down from a high of 78,000 customers.
NES has more than 70 bucket crews in the field working, with the outages spread over the entire 700-square-mile NES system. Since Monday evening, NES crews have worked to replace 57 broken poles.
Crews worked throughout the night to complete repairs to a 161kV transmission line located at Central Pike and Summit Parkway in Hermitage and to distribution lines in Rayon City and Hendersonville. Both of the distribution lines should have power restored by noon Wednesday. Tree trimming crews are continuing to remove limbs, tree failures and debris from downed wiring.
“Crews made a lot of progress overnight making repairs, but were slowed down by the large volume of tree damage, and, because they are finding more broken poles and damage once they begin work,” said Tim Hill, NES corporate communications supervisor.
To make sure they can get their power restored as quickly as possible, customers need to inspect their meter box and masthead for damage. If there is damage to the meter or meter box, or the masthead has been pulled away from the house, customers will need to hire a licensed state electrician to make the necessary repairs and get a Metro codes release. NES cannot restore power to a home until these repairs are made and a release has been obtained, the utility said.