117,000 Premises Experienced Power Outages At Peak Of Storm Emma

117,000 premises in Ireland were left without electricity during the peak of Storm Emma according to a statement released by ESB Networks this afternoon.

ESB are working tirelessly with emergency services and Local Authorities to restore power to homes across the country.

Power was restored to 90,000 customers in Dublin since last night.

At present, 26,000 homes, farms and businesses remain without power.

“However, it is unlikely that we will be able to restore supply to all customers today as a result of the conditions. Updates and more specific restoration times will issue later today,” said ESB.

The ESB statement reads:

“As of 12:20 pm, there are 350 faults affecting 26,000 homes and business who are without electricity, predominantly in the east of the country and Co Cork.  In the normal course of events, this would be a very manageable number of faults for ESB Networks to deal with, but access issues due to snow and ice are hugely hampering our efforts to restore electricity supplies.

“Since this morning, as we restored some supplies, an additional 10,000 homes, farms and businesses unfortunately lost electricity supply as new faults developed as a result of the continuing wind and falling snow.  The main areas affected, at the moment, are parts of Carrigaline, Kilmoney, Trabolgan, Aghada and Kinsale in the south of the country and  Swords , Lusk, Skerries, Navan, Julianstown, Rathcoole, Duleek, Drybridge, Dunsandle, Allenwood, Prosperous and Saggart in the east.”

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