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ESB Networks crews restore electricity to over 40,000 customers post-Storm Betty

  • As at 5pm, 30,000 customers remain without electricity 
  • Crews still working towards restoring electricity into tonight to restore supply to as many customers as possible
  • However, due to severity of damage some customers will remain without supply overnight 
  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of fallen electricity wires. Report any damage to the network by calling 1800 372 999 
  • For real-time updates and to report an outage, visit

Issued: Saturday, 19 August 2023 at 5.20 pm 

ESB Networks crews have been working since first light to restore electricity to homes, farms and businesses following storm force winds and lightning associated with Storm Betty which caused damage to the network. As at 5pm, over 40,000 customers have had their electricity restored from the overnight peak of 70,000 customers, with 30,000 customers remaining without supply.

All available resources have been deployed and ESB Networks crews will continue to work late into the night to restore electricity. A significant number of remaining customers will have their electricity restored by tonight. However, due to the severity of the damage to the network in certain parts, some customers will remain without supply overnight.  We apologise to those impacted for the disruption to family and commercial life this causes.

Customers without electricity can check for real-time updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at  

It is important that any impacted customers who use electrically powered medical devices contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

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.