Thursday 23 February 2017, 7am
Gale force winds from Storm Doris with gusts of over 120 km/h have caused damage to the electricity infrastructure nationwide. Falling trees are responsible for most of the damage.
Crews from ESB Networks have been dispatched in the affected areas, making the electricity network safe and assessing the damage, so that they can restore power as quickly and effectively as possible.
At present, around 46,000 customers are without power. The main areas affected are:
The Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for the whole of Ireland until midday today with a Status Orange wind warning in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.
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: http://www.esbpowercheck.ie. If your fault is not appearing on Powercheck, please report it by phoning 1850 372 999.
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.
ESB Networks apologises to customers for the loss of supply caused by Storm Dorris.