ESB teams have been working in difficult conditions last night and this morning to restore power to 134,000 homes, farms and businesses who suffered loss of electricity during Storm Eleanor yesterday evening.
Fallen trees on overhead lines were responsible for most of the damage to the network.
Thousands were without power across Donegal yesterday evening, with 2,077 without power in Creeslough, 1,332 in Buncrana, 15 in St. Johnston, 127 in Glenties, and 36 in Kilcar.
As of 12 noon, 16,000 customers who lost supply in Storm Eleanor yesterday evening remain without power. High winds and lightning, mainly in the Midwest, has resulted in a further 5,000 outages earlier this morning.
This afternoon in Donegal, 166 customers have been without power in the Gortlee area since 11 this morning. A further 15 customers have also been without power in Rossgeir since 7 this morning.
ESB Networks are currently working to repair the faults, and estimate that the Gortlee fault will be repaired by 2:45pm.
ESB Networks is hopeful that all customers who lost power as a result of Storm Eleanor last night will have their power restored by tonight.
A spokesperson for ESB Networks says: “ESB Networks teams from less impacted areas of the country have travelled and are deploying to help their colleagues in the worst impacted areas.
“With high winds and rain forecast again for tomorrow, further outages can be expected and we wish to remind members of the public to remain alert to damage to the electricity network.
“We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair a fault affecting your premises and will restore power as quickly as possible.”
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.
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 is available on the PowerCheck App or www.esbpowercheck.ie, with further information available at: https://www.esbnetworks.ie/power-outages-updates/latest-updatesTags: