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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 24 October, 2014

190,000 still without power… Many could remain offline for “a number of days”

And we haven’t seen the last of the stormy weather either…

SOME 190,000 HOMES and business are still without power this morning in the wake of yesterday’s massive storm.

ESB Networks says it’s brought in crews from Northern Ireland to help get people back online. Helicopters are being used to survey the system and identify breaks in supply.

At the peak of the storm around 250,000 customers were without power. 70,000 were reconnected since yesterday evening.

The south of the country is worst affected, and crews from elsewhere are being reassigned to Cork, Kerry, Waterford and elsewhere in the area.

It’s expected it will be late this evening before power is restored to most customers, according to ESB Networks. However:

…it is expected that a large number of customers will be still without power tonight.

Therefore customers should make preparations for being without supply for a number of days.

Customers can check the ESB powercheck page and the @ESBNetworks for live updates on the developing situation.

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[ESB Powercheck]

Any fallen wires or emergency situations should be reported to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999.

Meanwhile, the Met Éireann ‘red alert’ has now been lifted, and the latest update from the weather service says we can expect it to be “cold, windy and showery today, but not as stormy as yesterday”.

“The showers will continue to be heavy and wintry leading to falls of snow on occasions. There’ll be widespread frost this morning with icy stretches on untreated roads.”

However, we haven’s seen the last of the storms. More heavy rain is expected tomorrow “as heavy rain spreads northwards along with very strong and blustery southeasterly gales”.

Read: Uh oh: Met Eireann issues red alert for Leinster, Connacht and Munster

Read: This is what the storms have done to Ireland today

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