Storm Ophelia Outage update - 12:45 pm Friday 20 October


Storm Ophelia Outage update: ESB Networks crews continue restoration work, with 343,000 families, farms and businesses now reconnected

  • Met Éireann Status Orange wind warning for counties worst impacted will hamper efforts and cause further outages tomorrow Saturday
  • ESB Networks will continue restorations to every last family, farm and business until their lives are back to normal
  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear of overhead lines: Any damage to electricity network should be reported on 1850 372 999

Issued:  12:45 pm,  Friday 20 October 2017

@PICTURE DESKS: Link to ESB Flickr account with updated photos of restoration: (No Repro Fee)

ESB Networks have now continued to restore power this morning, with power now restored to 343,000 families, farms and businesses. Approximately 42,000 customers remain without supply.

The worst impacted areas are in the environs of Enniscorthy, Wexford town, New Ross, Bandon, Dunmanway and Fermoy. Assisted by contractors, crews from Northern Ireland and overseas utilities, as well as the army and air corps, ESB Networks will continue restorations to every last family, farm and business until their lives are back to normal.

A Met Éireann Status Orange wind warning has been issued for seven coastal counties, including Cork and Wexford, will hamper restoration efforts. Should the weather conditions worsen further, our crews will be stood down until it is safe to resume repairs again. Winds speeds up to 130 km/h will cause outages to customers in Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford on Saturday. Any new service interruptions should be reported on or 1850 372 999. 

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.

ESB Networks is acutely aware of the tremendous difficulties and frustrations of communities in areas that remain without power. Crews from EDF in France are in transit on the Irish Ferries Oscar Wilde service, and delayed due to bad weather in the English Channel. The crews are now scheduled to arrive in Rosslare at 6 pm this evening. Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe TD will greet them on arrival at the port, before they are deployed to the worst impacted areas around Enniscorthy.

As the work continues, ESB Networks are continuing to update estimated restoration times for families, farms and businesses remaining without power, available on the PowerCheck App and on Individual estimated restorations times continue to be available to customers by calling 1850 372 999, hitting option one when prompted. They will then be advised when we expect to restore power to their home or business.  The same service is also available on: For both services, callers will need their 11-digit MPRN to hand – which is on the top left hand corner of every electricity bill.

Having assessed the extent of damage to the network in the given area, these times are the best available estimation by our engineers and network technicians of when electricity supply will be restored. It is an estimated timeframe and is subject to on-going review and change, but times are becoming more accurate as progress on restoration continues.

For previous updates and important safety messages see:

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A further update will issue at around 5 pm, Friday 20 October 2017.