'We've had 500 outages over last 24 hours' - ESB 'on alert' post-storm as crews continue to restore electricity
Storms leave parts of the country without electricity as weather warning is extended
The ESB network has suffered 500 outages over the last 24 hours, after thunder and lightning storms ravaged parts of the country overnight.
Met Éireann issued a thunder warning to a total of 12 counties last night, and today extended a status yellow rainfall warning until 9pm this evening.
Continuing risk of thunder and localised flooding was also forecast for throughout the day.
ESB Operations Manager Derek Hynes said the company currently have 140 faults outstanding.
"These faults are affecting 2,500 customers," he told RTE Radio One's Drivetime.
"We're down to the last remnants. We expect we'll have everyone back over the next few hours and we'll have everybody back before dark.
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"On our transmission system, we had four of the high voltage lines tripped so people experienced a momentary outage.
"With lower voltage levels, what tends to happen, is the strikes tend to break poles, or they damage the little transformers, those little metal boxes we see on poles around the country. These can take two or three people two or three hours to replace.
"We have had over 5000 outages in the last 24 hours and we're still on alert," Mr Hynes added.
Meanwhile, the latest forecast sees heavy showery rain gradually clearing eastwards this evening and some late sunshine across Connacht & West Munster.