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Checklist: Some things you might need to do if you're worried about a power cut

Charge your phone and any other devices in your house – and don’t touch any fallen wires.

WIDESPREAD POWER CUTS are expected today, as Storm Ophelia moves across the country from the south.

The storm was downgraded from a hurricane in the early hours of this morning, but forecasters are still warning that it will be the most severe weather event to hit the country in over 50 years, and people are being urged to avoid all non-essential travel.

Whether you’re at home or at work as you’re reading this, it’s worth being prepared in the event of a power cut.

Householders are being urged to tie down any loose items, and take in garden furniture, bins and flower pots.

While you have power you may want to:

  • Collect torches, candles, matches and/or lighters and place them somewhere you can find them easily if the power goes off
  • Hav sparee batteries? Dig them out and add them to your store
  • Charge youphr one
  • Charge any laptops or tablets you may have in the house
  • Stay in touchwith the ESB Networks Powercheck site for updates on when you may be reconnected
  • For emergencies you can contact ESB Networks on 1850 372 999 or 021 2382410
  • Don’t approach fallen wires under any circumstances – these are likely to be live

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Customers who use electrically powered medical devices are advised to contact their healthcare professional, or in an emergency situation, call an ambulance.

ESB Networks is also providing general updates on its main website here.

You may also want to fill some bottles and saucepans with water in case supply is affected. Irish Water has said its crews are on standby to deal with the effects of the storm. They’ll be issuing updates on Twitter.

Gas Networks Ireland has also issued advice on what to do if your meter is submerged or if an appliance is affected by flood water. You’ll find their website here.

LIVE: ‘A matter of life and death’ – Updates as Storm Ophelia makes landfall on Kerry coast >

Read: Thousands without power in Cork, Killarney and Galway as Storm Ophelia makes landfall >

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