Some Cork homes face another night without power

Some Cork homes face another night without power
Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells

Some homes in Cork will go without power tonight according to the ESB.

The ESB has issued an update on their efforts to return power to areas affected by power outages due to Storm Ellen last night.

According to the electricity company, 70,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country remain without power, with Cork one of the counties which was badly hit.

Since early morning, ESB have said they have restored power to more than 124,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country, despite challenging conditions.” Crews from less impacted areas of the country have travelled to assist ESB colleagues in repairing damage in the most impacted areas with more than 1,900 individual faults reported since early morning.

In a statement the ESB said: “We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with small pockets of customers potentially without power beyond that.

“It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.” ESB Networks offered some top tips for customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut.

• 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.

The company also warned that if a member of the public come across fallen trees, wires or damaged electricity network, they should never, ever touch or approach these as they may be live and extremely dangerous.

“Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1800 372 999. If your fault is not logged please report it at www.esbnetworks.ie or on 1800 372 999. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location. You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates and updates on power outages can be checked on www.powercheck.ie”

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