Homes without power after storm

 

Power has been restored to hundreds of properties that lost supply overnight and early this morning after high winds and falling branches brought down power lines.

The worst affected areas included Longford, Drogheda and parts of the west coast.

A spokeswoman for ESB networks said crews had worked overnight and throughout today to restore power to those affected.

She said that some 1,700 properties were without power when the damage to the supply line was at its worst but that just a small number were without electricity this afternoon. Most homes should have their power restored within a few hours, she added.

There was no major fault on the network but there were localised problems on the low-voltage network which would take slightly longer to restore because they involve crews having to travel to repair the problem on site.

The general ESB information number is 1850 372 757. Emergencies, such as trailing power cables, may be reported to 1850 372 999.

Motorists have also been warned to take extra care while driving as debris caused by strong winds has left some roads blocked.

AA Roadwatch said conditions were particularly bad in the north-west. Fallen trees were reported across Cavan, Longford, Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann issued a weather warning to small sea craft early this morning with south-west to west winds reaching force six on coasts from Howth Head to Roche’s Point to Erris Head on the east coast.

Gusts hitting 70mph had an impact across the eastern part of Northern Ireland, with several roads barred by fallen trees.

Additional reporting: PA