14/06/2018

Winds Leave Tens Of Thousands Without Power

Tens of thousand of homes, farms and businesses across Donegal, Sligo, Galway and Mayo have been left without power following strong winds overnight.

Engineers are working to reconnect some 35,000 customers in the areas affected by Storm Hector.

There have also been reported power outages in Cavan and Monaghan, alongside Templeogue in Dublin and Blessington, Co Wicklow.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. 

ESB issued an 'Important Public Safety Message': "If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.

"Real time information on power outages and restoration times is available on the PowerCheck App or esbpowercheck.ie."

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut: 

• Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully 

• Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost 

• Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored 

• Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames 

• Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries 

• Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

(MH/LM)

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