Storm Hector update: 5,000 homes, farms and businesses without power
ESB Networks crews are working to restore power to 5,000 homes, farms and businesses impacted by Storm Hector.

As a result of Storm Hector, approximately 35,000 homes, farms and businesses were without power nationwide on Thursday morning, ESB Networks has confirmed.

ESB Networks teams have made good progress throughout today Thursday 14 June to restore power to a cumulative total of 140,000 homes, farms and businesses that lost supply overnight. As of 4:30 pm, 5,000 families remain without power.

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

The counties most affected include Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal, as well as Cavan and Monaghan.

Crews are mobilised and are working towards restoring power to all impacted families over the course of the day.

ESB is warning people that if they come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are live and extremely dangerous.

ESB has asked the public to report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999.

Real-time information on power outages and restoration times is available on the PowerCheck app or www.esbpowercheck.ie, with further information available at: https://www.esbnetworks.ie/power-outages-updates/latest-updates

Precautionary measures

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:

  • Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away. Report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully.
  • 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 there is adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.
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