Overnight strong and gale force winds with gusts of up to 150km/h have caused damage to electricity infrastructure in the North West, West and South of the country. At present, ESB Networks estimate that 15,000 customers are without power in the following areas – Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford. We are continuously monitoring the situation and updates will be issued.

Met Eireann has forecast that the storm is due to increase in severity from 6.00am to 9.00am this morning and we can expect further damage and loss of electricity supply. Conditions on the ground are challenging with strong winds and rain hampering restoration and making conditions unsafe for our technicians. From early this morning, when it is safe to do so, ESB Networks crews will be out making the electricity network safe and assessing the damage, so that crews can be deployed to restore power as quickly and effectively as possible.

All available staff in the affected areas are being deployed and crews from other locations, not as badly affected by the storm, will also be travelling to assist in the restoration process. ESB Networks sincerely apologise to all customers who are without power.

An Important Public Safety Message: If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at: www.esbpowercheck.ie, via Twitter at @ESBNetworks or telephone 1850 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location. Updates will also be communicated via local radio.

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:

never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully
turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost
leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored
take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames
test smoke alarms with fresh batteries
ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times will be available at: www.esbpowercheck.ie Further information will be available at: http://updatesfromesb.com/


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