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NES: 27K customers still without power after damaging winds

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Posted at 10:41 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 11:41:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Electric Service crews have restored power to 104,000 customers since damaging winds moved through Middle Tennessee on Sunday. As of now, 27,000 in the Nashville area are still without electricity.

NES provided an update Wednesday, saying crews are focusing on repairing primary lines and substations to restore power to the maximum number of customers. They’re also replacing more than 160 power poles damaged by the storm.

Decosta Jenkins, president and CEO of NES, said Tuesday that crews had made significant progress. However, a second round of storms Monday night caused about 15,000 additional outages.

NES said 36 additional bucket trucks and 90 crew members from Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky are helping accelerate the restoration process.

At its worst Monday, NES had 130,000 outages. National Weather Service officials say Sunday's line of storms was likely the worst straight-line wind event in Middle Tennessee since 2004.