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10,000 customers still without power in wake of Storm Callum

ESB Networks said it expects to restore power to the majority of areas by tonight.

Updated Fri 1:19 PM

AROUND 10,000 CUSTOMERS remain without power today as a result of Storm Callum.

The National Emergency Coordination Group met this morning to discuss the situation and said in a statement that the storm “did not hit in all areas as hard as it could have, resulting in minimal disruption”. 

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds associated with the arrival of the storm overnight, ESB Networks said this afternoon. 

At around 4am this morning, a peak of approximately 60,000 homes, farms and businesses were without power.

“Teams at our national distribution control centre reconnected supply to half of this number remotely overnight, leaving approximately 30,000 customers without power at 7am,” the latest ESB Networks update said. 

Counties most impacted include Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mayo and Monaghan.
We expect that the vast majority of the 10,000 customers without power at present will have their supply restored by tonight.

ESB Networks is advising people to check powercheck.ie for updates. If your area is not listed, and you are without power, you can log your fault or get updates using your MRPN number here.

The status orange alert remains in place in parts of the country, particularly along the west coast. People living in these areas are being advised to pay attention to public safety messages over the coming hours. 

Advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group 

  • Be aware of local conditions in your area; weather conditions and their impacts can vary significantly from place to place.
  • Even though the worst of the storm has passed, people should stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the orange warning.
  • If you need to drive, slow down and drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. Do not drive through flooded areas. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds – slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Stay away from fallen electricity wires or fallen trees as they may be in contact with electricity wires. Always treat any fallen wires as live. ESB Networks Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372999

With additional reporting by Aisling O’ Rourke

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