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ESB Networks crews restoring power post-Storm Betty

  • As at 11.30am, just under 50,000 electricity customers remain without power 
  • Crews working towards restoring power to a significant number of these customers by this evening – some customers in localised areas may remain without supply overnight 
  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of fallen electricity wires. Report any damage to network by calling 1800 372 999 
  • Real-time updates and report an outage on

Issued: Saturday, 19 August 2023 at 11.50am 

Storm force winds associated with Storm Betty caused damage to the electricity network overnight affecting just over 70,000 homes, farms and businesses at the peak. As at 11.30am, just under 50,000 electricity customers remain without power with the damage mainly attributable to lightning and fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

Areas most impacted include counties in the South-East along with North Dublin, Dundalk, Portlaoise and Kilkenny.

All available resources are being deployed to respond to all electricity outages where safe to do so. ESB Networks crews have been working since first light and will work through this afternoon into this evening to restore power to as many customers as possible. A significant number of impacted customers will have their power restored by this evening. However, due to the scale of the damage to the electricity network, some customers in localised areas may remain without supply overnight.

Customers without power 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. We apologise for the disruption to family and commercial life these interruptions in electricity supply have caused.

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.