ESB Networks Update on Storm Doris

Thursday 23 February 2017, 12.30pm

  • 37,000 electricity customers remain without power due to over 900 separate faults
  • ESB Networks crews working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible
  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of fallen electricity wires. Report any damage to network by calling 1850 372 999

Storm Doris, is currently active across the north and east of the country with gale force winds and gusts of up to 120 km per hour. This storm has currently caused damage to electricity network in the north east, north west and north Dublin.

Currently there are 37,000 customers without power from over 900 faults. The areas currently affected include:

  • Sligo
  • Drogheda
  • Longford
  • Dundalk
  • Athlone
  • Cavan
  • Dublin North
  • Castlebar
  • Tullamore
  • Dublin South
  • Arklow
  • Kilkenny

ESB Networks have mobilised crews who are currently working as well as possible in very difficult conditions to restore power as quickly as possible to affected customers, once it is safe to do so. Crews based in areas of the country less impacted by the storm are en route to assist colleagues in the most affected areas.Customers without power can check for updates on when their supply is expected to be restored at @ESBNetworks.

Updates are also available on PowerCheck (www.esbpowercheck.ie). Users have been advised that due to the high volume of traffic currently on that site, we are experiencing some interruptions to this service.Customers should also listen to their local radio station for regular up-dates.ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:

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 or +353 21 2382410.

For faults that are not appearing on Powercheck, customers are asked to log a fault at ESB Networks or call 1850 372 999 or +353 21 2382410. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location.

Unfortunately, due to the severity of the damage caused by the storm and the extensive repair work required in some areas some customers may be without power for longer periods throughout the day and possibly overnight.

Damage has been caused by high winds causing broken electricity lines and damage to poles and other equipment. Falling timber has also caused considerable damage to the electricity network.

Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999 or +353 21 2382410 and listen to recorded messages carefully.

  • Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc.
  • If electricity supply is lost leave one 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. Further information will be available at: www.esbnetworks.ie.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times will be available at: Powercheck (available on Android and IOS)

ESB Networks apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Media enquiries to:

ESB Press Office, 01 702 6009