59,000 homes, farms and businesses without power due to Storm Barra
Some customers may be potentially without power into tomorrow.
Further strong winds overnight associated with Storm Barra have left 59,000 homes, farms and businesses without electricity supply as of 8.15am on Wednesday morning, ESB Networks has said.
In its latest Storm Barra update, it stated that while all of the country has seen disruption, counties along the western seaboard from Donegal to Kerry have been the most impacted.
With winds becoming less intense in most parts of the country, ESB Networks has said its crews are mobilising in the affected areas to begin the network repair.
"While poor weather conditions may hamper repair in some areas, ESB Networks will be doing everything it can to restore power to the majority of these customers by the end of today," its statement read.
However, it added that some customers could be potentially without power into Thursday.
ESB Networks #StormBarra Update: Further high winds overnight leaves 59K homes, farms and businesses without power. Visit https://t.co/EU6R9nRfwR for restoration times. Apologies for inconvenience. https://t.co/iEdLAEZg7q pic.twitter.com/VVT5ygDZqy
— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) December 8, 2021
"It is very important that any impacted customers who use electrically powered medical devices contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary," ESB Networks said.
"We apologise for the disruption to family and commercial life these interruptions in electricity supply have caused.
"With Storm Barra subsiding, we urge everyone to remain alert to any damage to the electricity network while when out and about today.
"Assume any fallen wires are live and pose a risk to life. Stay safe, stay clear and report any damage to us immediately on 1800 372 999."
Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be restored or log a fault at www.powercheck.ie.
They can also visit ESB Networks' Twitter here for updates.
A Status Orange wind warning remains in effect for Donegal until 2pm on Wednesday.
"Northwesterly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, with localised stronger winds likely," it reads.
"Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely."
Meanwhile, the entire country has been issued with a Status Yellow wind and rain warning, which is valid until 6pm on Wednesday.