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UK crews drafted in, as thousands of homes in the south still without power

The workers are being sent to provide back-up in the worst affected areas — including Kerry, Newcastlewest, Tipperary and Enniscorthy.
Feb 18th 2014, 8:10 AM 9,769 40

SOME 8,000 HOMES and businesses around the country are still without electricity this morning in the wake of last week’s massive storm.

Additional crews from the UK will begin to arrive today to help the reconnection effort. They’ll be sent to the worst affected areas — including Kerry, Newcastlewest , Tipperary and Enniscorthy.

Yesterday, supply was restored to almost all customers impacted by the storm in Waterford, Portlaoise and Cork City.

In its latest update this morning, ESB Networks said over over 3,500 faults still existed on the network, and that it would be “well into the week before”  power is restored to all customers.

According to the update:

The damage to the network caused by thousands of falling trees and flying objects was worse than even first anticipated, resulting in the restoration process being slower than for normal storms.

The additional wind and rain causing more faults and soggy ground conditions also hampered the speed of the repair work.

Realtime information can be found at the ESB Networks Powercheck page:

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People are being reminded of the dangers posed by fallen power lines, and a particular warning is being issued to parents — as children may be playing outside during mid term break.

Customers with information on network faults that pose a risk to the public can contact 1850 372 999. Information on damage to the network can also be logged at report-damage-to-esb-networks.

Read: How did poor old Charles Darwin get dragged into the nation’s storm coverage?

Read: So, the storm is gone… Now how do I get to work?

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