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ESB Networks crews mobilising as Storm Barra tracks across the country

  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of fallen electricity wires. Report any damage to network by calling 1800 372 999 
  • As at 9.45am, more than 59,000 electricity customers remain without power across the country 
  • Safety of public and crews is critical. ESB Networks will be making safe faults throughout the day and restoring supply remotely and on site when safe to do so
  • Check Estimated Restoration times or report an outage on

Tuesday 7 December, 10am 

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, have caused damage this morning to the electricity network affecting more than 59,000 homes, farms and businesses. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.  

With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. 

All internal resources are on alert and will be deployed to respond to all electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until tonight, this may mean our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.  

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at 

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 1800 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:  
• Stay Safe, Stay Clear: Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1800 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.