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Dublin: 7°C Tuesday 11 May 2021

Thousands left without power due to lightning strikes

A thunderstorm warning came into effect at midday today.

THOUSANDS OF HOMES and businesses have been left without power this afternoon after lightning strikes across the country.

A Met Éireann ‘orange alert’ weather warning for thunderstorms kicked in at midday today, and will last until 9pm.

The thundery weather has been affecting the Midlands and Northwest areas worst. The ESB Networks Powercheck site showed significant outages of groups of hundreds of customers stretching from Donegal down to Roscommon and across the Midlands to Dundalk and Drogheda.

power Source: ESB Powercheck

The thunder warning covers the following areas:

  • All of Connacht
  • Cavan
  • Monaghan
  • Donegal
  • Carlow
  • Kildare
  • Kilkenny
  • Laois
  • Longford
  • Louth
  • Offaly
  • Westmeath
  • Meath

There’s a further risk of thunder tomorrow, according to Met Éireann.

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