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Around 5,000 families remain without power after Storm Hector

Power has been restored to around 140,000 homes and businesses this afternoon.

LAST UPDATE | Jun 14th 2018, 5:30 PM

POWER TO 140,000 homes and businesses across the country has been restored in the aftermath of Storm Hector.

There were widespread disruptions to supply in many areas with the counties that were subject to a Status Orange wind warning – such as Donegal, Sligo, Galway and Mayo – the worst affected.

The ESB’s PowerCheck app notes numerous clusters of service disruptions around Ireland. The damage is mainly caused by fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

A large fault in the Donabate and Applewood areas of Dublin is affecting many households. The ESB estimate that power will be restored to the area at 9pm.

Teams are working to restore power in the worst affected areas. As many as 35,000 homes and businesses were without power earlier today.

Speaking on Morning Ireland ESB spokesperson Bernardine Maloney said they expect to have power restored to all areas by this evening.

People who come across fallen wires are advised not to approach them as they are live and extremely dangerous. Anyone who sees fallen trees or damaged electricity network are being asked to call the ESB on 1850-372-999.

Road users have also been warned to remain vigilant as it is still very blustery in many places and fallen trees and other debris are scattered on roads across the country.

Met Eireann issued two weather warnings yesterday ahead of Storm Hector. As well as the Orange warning, a lesser Status Yellow warning was put in place for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry.

Both of the warnings were lifted at 10am and winds are easing in most places.

There will be sunny spells and scattered showers in many areas today, they will be heaviest in the west and north.

- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha

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