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ESB Networks crews restore power to 140,000 homes impacted by Storm Hector

Updates: 4:45 pm, 14 June 2018

ESB Networks teams have made good progress throughout today Thursday 14 June to restore power to a cumulative total of 140,000 homes, farms and businesses that lost supply overnight. As of 4:30 pm, 5,000 families remain without power.

Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the counties worst impacted by the storm damage. ESB Networks crews remain mobilised in these areas, with colleagues from less impacted areas of the country now in place to assist. They will continue to work into the evening to restore power to all those impacted by loss of electricity supply as a result of Storm Hector.

The damage to the electricity network is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds, and we ask members of the public to remain alert to any hazards.

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, with further information available at:

 If your fault is not logged please report it at or on 1850 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location.

You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates.

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.

View ESB Networks' video on preparing for an outage during a storm at:


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ESB Networks employs over 3,200 people from specialist network technicians on the front line connecting, maintaining and repairing the electricity system for Ireland’s homes and businesses to engineers, data scientists and IT professionals utilising emerging technologies to create one of the world’s smartest and most resilient energy networks.