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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 21 September, 2014

Power returned to homes after ‘worst storm impact in 16 years’

In excess of 100,000 customers around Ireland were affected by the storm.

The latest rainfall radar from Met Éireann.
The latest rainfall radar from Met Éireann.

THE STORM THAT struck last week left thousands of homes without power, but today the ESB says that electricity has been restored to almost all of its customers.

In a statement last night, the ESB said that power has been restored for all customers whose electricity was interrupted due to the St Stephen’s day storm.

While homes and businesses in Ennis and Limerick were reconnected by 6pm, customers in affected areas of Kerry and west Cork had their power restored by 10pm last night.

The ESB apologised to the over 100,000 customers who were impacted by what it described as “the worst storm impact on the electricity system in 16 years” and said that every effort was made to minimise the power interruption to customers.

According to the ESB, from 18 – 27 December, seven days were classified as ‘storm’ days. However, the impact on customers of the storm on 26/27 December was 10 times the average of customer minutes lost during a ‘normal’ storm.

The ESB has noted that more wind is expected today, so people should keep an eye on its Powercheck website to see if their area is affected.

Met Éireann says that the eastern half of the country can expect heavy rain this morning, with some local flooding. We can expect some sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon, with top temperatures from 6 to 9C, while a spell of wet and windy weather will sweep across the country tonight.

Wrap up warm this evening, as lowest temperatures will be 1 to 4C.

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