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ESB has restored power to 12,500 homes....7,500 still to go

A severe storm with lightning strikes caused the power outages.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Updated 13:15

ESB CREWS ARE continuing to restore power to thousands of homes after transformers were struck by lightning in a severe storm yesterday.

Over 20,000 homes and businesses in Waterford, Wexford, Cork and Kilkenny lost power and were out overnight as repairs were not able to be carried out due to the weather conditions.

ESB crews have now managed to restore power to around 12,500 customers and are currently working to restore power to the remaining 7,500 homes which are still without electricity in Waterford and South Wexford.

Transformers were struck by lightning in the south and south east of the country.

Customers have been advised by ESB on Twitter to  keep up to date on the PowerCheck  App.

ESB Networks spokesperson Mike Fitzgerald said the storm was unusual because it was very severe and prolonged.

Originally published 8:00am.

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