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Storm Ali update

ESB Networks Press Release 

Storm Ali update – 12.45pm

  • Storm Ali Outage update: 186,000 customers across Ireland are left without power
  • Crews across the country are in the process of responding to electricity outages, once it is safe to do so

Issued: 1.00pm, Wednesday 19 September 2018

Storm Ali hit early this morning bringing gusts in excess of 150km/h, with the storm tracking northwards over the course of the day.

As of 1.00pm, approximately 186,000 electricity customers are without power as a result of over 1,400 individual faults on the network across the country. Fallen trees on overhead lines are responsible for most of the damage to the network.

The areas most impacted include: Cavan, Sligo, Donegal, Castlebar, Galway, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Mullingar and parts of North County Dublin. 

ESB Networks continue to assess the damage to the network and carrying out the necessary work to restore power. Crews in more northerly locations will be deployed once it is safe to do so.

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.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at or on the PowerCheck App for iPhone and Android devices.

If your fault is not logged please report it at 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.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times is available at: with further information available at: 

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

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