Thursday 26 April 2018

ESB confirm 37,000 customers remain without power after Storm Ophelia as Storm Brian approaches

348,000 customers have been reconnected

ESB Networks restoration crew at work
ESB Networks restoration crew at work

Sean Nolan

ESB Networks have confirmed that 37,000 customers remain without power following Storm Ophelia and that restoration crews may have to be taken off duty if Storm Brian makes conditions unsafe.

The storm, which battered Ireland on Monday, initially left almost 400,000 customers without electricity but restoration work has been carried out now for 348,000 customers.

According to ESB Networks, the areas still suffering outages are in the environs of Enniscorthy, Wexford town, New Ross, Bandon, Dunmanway and Fermoy.

Work continues to restore power, with ESB crews being assisted by crews from Northern Ireland and overseas.

However, with Storm Brian set to hit the south and east coast later today, ESB Networks have warned that this may hamper their work.

Met Éireann has issued two Status Orange warnings and three Status Yellow warnings for Storm Brian, which is set to strike later today.

"Should the weather conditions worsen further, our crews will be stood down until it is safe to resume repairs again," ESB Networks said in a statement.

For those still without power, ESB Networks say that estimated restoration times are available on the PowerCheck App and on www.esbpowercheck.ie.  Individual estimated restorations times are available to customers by calling 1850 372 999,  for which callers will need their 11-digit MPRN– which is on the top left hand corner of every electricity bill.

Concern will also surround the fact that potentially up to 50mm of rainfall will hit parts of Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick.

Coupled with a high tide in Cork, there is now a fear of flooding along low-lying coastal areas and parts of Cork city centre.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding across the south and south-west.

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