ESB Networks has now restored supply to over 35,000 homes, however, there are still approximately 35,000 without supply.
Network crews are working since daylight to make the network safe and restore supply. We are using our Centralised Operation Control Centre, with over 2000 smart switching devices around the country to its maximum advantage also to assist ground crews in isolating faulted network, making safe dangerous situations and restoring supply to all customers.
The south west has suffered the most damage to the electricity network. There is considerable damage along west coast though some inland faults have also occurred. In the Kerry area there are over 5,000 customers without supply. The worst affected locations are Kenmare, Castlemaine. Woofdord and Milltown and Tarbert.
In Cork, Lee Bridge and Macroom, Mallow and Kanturk have many customers out along with Carrigaline. In West Cork, Drimoleague and Dunmanway have over 1000 homes and businesses without supply. Tralee has Ballybunion , Moyvane and Tarbert affected.
In the west of the country, many customers in Abbeyfeale, Croom, Fedamore, Kilmallock along with Knockaderry, Ballinagarry and Kilfenane are without power. Smaller numbers of customers in Tuam, Headford, Athenry, Glenamaddy (Kilkerrin locality) are affected.
In Clare, we have about 3500 customers without supply in Kilkee, Ennistymon, Cracloe, Kilrush and Scariff.
In Tipperary, Birdhill and Neenagh and Golden are also affected. While in Athlone areas in Moate, Kilcolgan and Curra are without supply.
In the South East Arklow, the main fault is in Newcastle (Avoca, Kilmacanogue, and Rathdrum). We have 1793 customers off due to this fault. Most customers in Enniscorthy have now had supply restored however there are still 300 customers out due to.
The North, North West and North East are less affected, however some customers in Longford, Newtownforbes, Castleblaney, Cootehill, Killesshandra and Scotstown are without supply. Also a small number are affected in Sligo and Leitrim.
While most of the damage is in the South/South West, the midlands have not totally escaped. We have 1800 customers out in the Kennygad/Clonard area Rhode area, a further 1500 customers out in the Monasterevan area and 300 customers out in Shannon Bridge.
In the Dublin area, there are around 700 customers without power in Naas/Kilcock. Our crews are working to restore supply to three faults in the Howth area affecting approximately 150 customers. In Clontarf and Raheny, due to a tree bringing down an electricity pole last night some customers in these areas are without power. There are also faults in Shankill where a tree came down on a 10kv line. There are faults in Bray and Carrickmines also due to fallen trees.
We hope to restore supply to all customers today, however some damage may require more extensive construction work to be carried out and we are assessing the situation and will give further updates later. We will also be re-deploying crews from areas less affected to help those locations experiencing more extensive damage.
ESB Networks has asked that only customers who are able to report the location of damage to the electricity network should call on 1850 372 999. We are presently experiencing large volumes of calls in our call centre and although we are fully resourced, it may take longer than usual to answer your call. We apologise for this delay and our agents will answer your call as soon as possible. Due to the high number of individual faults on the network, the estimated restoration times shown on PowerCheck are tentative until the full extent of the damage can be assessed.
Customers are therefore requested, where possible, to check PowerCheck online at; http://www.esbpowercheck.ie or download the PowerCheck app to their mobile phone to see if the fault has been logged before contacting the call centre.
ESB Networks is asking customers to report any fallen wires or emergency situations to 1850 372 999. Network Technicians are working as hard as possible to reach all customers as quickly as possible.
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 on 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully
if you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoning
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.
customers should also ensure they have batteries for radios