70,000 premises without power after strong winds and downpours overnight

70,000 premises without power after strong winds and downpours overnight

There are 70,000 homes, businesses and farms without power after Storm Ellen swept over Ireland overnight and left a trail of destruction in its wake.

According to the ESB’s Power Check website, there were scores of faults across the country on Thursday, with counties Cork, Tipperary, Westmeath, Longford and Limerick worst affected.

In an update on the situation on Thursday afternoon, the ESB warned that some homes will remain without electricity tonight, predominantly in Cork and Tipperary.

“We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with small pockets of customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary,” it said.

Earlier this morning, 194,000 properties were without power, but ESB Networks said this had been reduced to 70,000 by the afternoon.

A full list of the faults can be found on the Power Check website.

A fallen tree in Cabinteely, Co Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Lawrence Hill/Twitter/PA Wire

ESB Networks had said earlier it is advising customers impacted by outages that they should “prepare to be without electricity for a number of days”.

Repair crews were being deployed this morning in the most affected areas and where safe to do so, “assessing the damage so that they can restore power as quickly and effectively as possible”, it said.

Derek Hynes, operations manager for ESB Networks, said the earlier figure of 194,000 impacted properties had not been the largest figure ever for damage.

He told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Thursday that the highest number without power ever was in 2017 following Storm Ophelia, when there were 385,000 impacted properties, followed by Storm Darwin in 2014 when there were 280,000 without power.

However, this is the first time there has been such loss of power at this time of year, and the impact will be different because trees are in full leaf, he explained.

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Met Éireann also said that the storm had broken the mean wind speed record for August.

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