Storm Ophelia Outage update - 8.15pm Monday 16th October

Storm Ophelia Outage update: 330,000 customers across Ireland remain without power

• Serious damage has been caused to the electricity network by Storm Ophelia
• Customers impacted by outages should prepare to be without electricity for a number of days
• Crews across the country are deployed and are dealing with emergencies and restoring power to customers, where it is safe to do so

Issued: 8:15 pm, Monday 16 October 2017

Approximately 330,000 electricity customers remain without power this evening due to the impact of ex-hurricane Orphelia on the electricity network. Fallen trees on overhead lines are responsible for most of the damage to the network.

The majority of customers who have lost supply at present will be without power tonight and over a number of days. Based on previous experience of Storm Darwin in 2014, where about 280,000 customers were left without supply, we can predict that it will take a number of days to restore power to all customers.  Five to ten per cent of this number will be without power for up to ten days.

We are advising all customers impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity for a number of days. ESB Networks are particularly concerned about customers who use electrically powered medical devices and who are without power. It is important that these customers contact their healthcare professional so that they can receive advice on their care during this period.

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.

We are currently prioritising emergency calls on our 1850 number, but customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.esbpowercheck.ie or on the PowerCheck App for iPhone and Android devices. 

If your fault is not logged you can report it on the website  https://www.esbnetworks.ie/power-outages-updates/report-a-power-outage. 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:

  • 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.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times is available at: www.esbpowercheck.ie with further information available at: https://www.esbnetworks.ie/power-outages-updates/latest-updates

View ESB Networks' video on preparing for an outage during a storm at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf8uhiZM900

Further updates on power restoration efforts will issue tomorrow morning, Tuesday 17 October.

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