DONEGAL is taking the full force of Storm Rachel with 10,000 homes without power – and ESB warning the storm will get worse.
One large 38kv fault in Donegal is affecting 10,000 customers in Glenties and Derrybeg.
Currently 17,000 customers remain without power with over 280 individual faults.
In the remainder of the country, Galway and the South West have 2,500 customers without power with other smaller pockets of faults across the country.
ESB crews are working to restore supply to customers affected. However the forecast is for increasing gale force winds to come ashore in the North West and West which may cause further damage to the electricity network and we expect the numbers of customers without supply to rise during the day.
You can report a power outage by calling 1850 372 999.
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/