25,000 homes remain without power due to Storm Barney
ESB have managed to reconnect 20,000 households but many other will have to wait until tomorrow before service is resumed.
ESB Networks have issued a updated statement as the battle the damage caused by Storm Barney.
At 4.45pm they confirmed that 45,000 households had lost power due to the high winds and in four hours 20,000 homes have had powered restored.
However, that leaves 25,000 still without electricity and ESB Networks say some of those homes may be without power until tomorrow due to the volume of faults they are dealing with.
Here is their updated statement:
ESB Networks has restored power to 20,000 customers who were left without supply as gale force winds with gusts of over 120km/h brought down trees and caused extensive damage to the electricity infrastructure. ESB Networks crews continue to work in all affected areas, making the electricity network safe and restoring power.
Currently 25,000 customers remain without power, the most affected areas being: Portlaoise, Kilkenny, Ennis, Athlone, Naas, Wicklow, North Wexford, Tullamore, Mullingar and Celbridge.
Unfortunately due to the large number of faults, many customers will remain without power overnight.
ESB Networks expects to have power restored the majority of customers by tea-time tomorrow evening. However, there is further bad weather expected tomorrow, which could hamper the restoration process and cause additional faults.
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: http://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.