Thousands without power across the country following the arrival of Storm Callum 3 years ago

Thousands without power across the country following the arrival of Storm Callum

Homes and businesses nationwide are without electricity on Friday morning.

Storm Callum arrived on Thursday night and brought with it some very strong winds - with gusts up to 110km/h in places - and heavy rain in many places, but at the time of writing, no major incidents have yet been reported.

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However, ESB Networks are reporting large faults in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, and Kerry as of 7am on Friday morning, with additional large clusters of faults in Kilkenny, Mayo, Wexford, Kildare, Donegal, and Galway.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is due to meet at around 9am to assess the situation, while the Department of Education has said schools and all education centres can remain closed if there are concerns about child safety.

It said: "In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so."

Met Éireann are keeping the Orange Status Wind Warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare until 5pm on Friday evening, while the rest of the country will be taken off the orange status as of 9am on Friday morning.