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Power restored for most but strong winds will return tomorrow

At the peak of the disruption 25,000 homes and business were without power but most have now been fixed.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

ALL MAJOR POWER faults have been cleared with only small pockets of outages remaining after yesterday’s storm.

At the peak of the disruption 25,000 homes and business were without power but the ESB have said that they expect operations to be back to normal by this evening.

Some parts of Donegal, however, where there has been significant disruption, may take longer to be repaired.

The ESB say that conditions in Donegal’s coastal areas such as Dungloe and Arranmore remain “challenging” which will cause delays.

Faults in the midlands and south will be restored by this afternoon while in the Ennis area, which has been hit with a lot of low voltage faults, it is expected that power will be restored by tea-time.

ESB say they now have the restoration process “under control with few new faults emerging”.

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Customer service manager Mike Fitzgerald apologised for the service interruptions:

Though a rural network, like Ireland’s, is vulnerable to severe weathers, ESB Networks is continually working to reduce customer interruptions. Customers who are still without supply can be assured that we are doing everything possible to get it restored.

Met Éireann are advising people that weather warnings are still in place but are less serious than yesterday. Winds are expected to strengthen tomorrow and reach average speeds of between 65km/h and 80 km/h, gusting up to 110km/h to 130km/h per hour.

The Road Safety Authority is repeating its advice to motorists to be extra vigilant for falling branches and other dangers arising from the severe weather.

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