People should prepare to be without power for days, says ESB Networks

People should prepare to be without power for days, says ESB Networks

ESB Networks has urged people affected by power outages to prepare to be without electricity for a number of days. Picture Dan Linehan

ESB Networks has urged people affected by power outages to prepare to be without electricity for a number of days.

Around 40,000 people across the city and county are without electricity this morning.

Outages are being reported in areas including Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Douglas, Tougher, Bishopstown, Ballincollig, Macroom, Skibbereen, Rosscarbery, Midleton, Cloyne, Riverstown, Kilbarry, Fermoy, Buttevant and Kanturk.

ESB Networks says the damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

“ESB Networks crews are being dispatched this morning in the most affected areas where safe to do so, assessing the damage so that they can restore power as quickly and effectively as possible. In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews are also working under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE,” a spokesperson said.

People are being advised that real-time information on power outages and restoration times is available on the PowerCheck App or www.powercheck.ie.

“Experience in other major storms over previous years and information from the public and our crews will allow for estimated power restoration times to be published on the Powercheck app. These will be updated on an ongoing basis over the coming days.

“We are advising all customers impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity for [a] number of days. 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 said.

 

People are also being reminded that if they come across fallen trees, wires or damaged electricity network, they should not touch or approach these as they may be live and extremely dangerous.

Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1800 372 999.

ESB Networks say if a fault is not logged it can be repored at www.esbnetworks.ie or on 1800 372 999.

Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location.

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