48,000 homes, farms and businesses without power as Storm Brendan strikes

A total of 48,000 homes, farms and businesses are currently without power across the country this afternoon, Monday, January 13, as Storm Brendan batters the country.

Gale force winds – associated with Storm Brendan – with gusts of over 130 km/h, have caused damage this morning to the electricity network affecting more than 48,000 homes, farms and businesses.

According to a statement from ESB Networks, the damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected, according to the electricity supplier.

ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:
  • Stay Safe, Stay Clear: 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 adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

The counties most impacted by the power outages include: Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork and Donegal.

ESB Networks’ crews have been dispatched in the most affected areas when safe to do so, assessing the damage so that they can restore power as quickly as possible.

Real time information on power outages and restoration times is available on the PowerCheck App or at esbpowercheck.ie.

ESB Networks has further warned that if members of the public come across fallen trees, wires or damaged electricity network: “Never, touch or approach these as they may be live and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999”.

If an electricity fault is not recorded, members of the public can do so on 1850 372 999.

Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location.

You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates.