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Thousands left without power after lightning hits

Crews are working to repair the damage which has left almost 5,000 homes and businesses without power.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

ALMOST 5,000 HOMES and businesses in the west of the country are without power after lightning damaged the electricity network.

Some 4,700 households in Mayo have been without electricity since 4.51pm today.

ESB Networks said the problem had been caused by lots of lightning in the Ballina area.

Crews are working to repair the damage as quickly as possible, but it is not yet known when power will be restored.

One person in the area told TheJournal.ie that garages and businesses in the area were “seriously affected”.

imageMap showing the affected areas (Image via ESB Powercheck)

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