UPDATED: Over 14,000 homes now without power in Kildare this morning due to high winds

Parts of Naas, Athy, Dunfirth, Celbridge, Carbury and Sallins affected

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Over 7,000 homes without power in Kildare this morning due to high winds

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Kildare seems to be escaping the worst of Storm Ali but high winds have left thousands of homes in some areas across the county without power. 

There are currently 805 homes without electricity in Naas. That particular outage occurred at 9.25am and it is estimated to be restored at 1pm. 

The ESB is also working to restore power to 2,226 customers in an area between Carbury and Edenderry with the problem due to be fixed by 1.30pm.

There are also 26 homes affected near Digby Bridge with the fault due to rectified by 1.45pm.

In Dunfirth, near Johnstownbridge, there are 1,750 customers hit by power outages with an estimated restore time of 1.30pm. 

At 10.26am, power went out for 1,001 customers in Athy. It's anticipated this will not be restored until 10pm. 

Just a short time ago, 2,055 customers lost power in Celbridge. 

UPDATE 12.19: Further reports of power outages have come into the ESB in the Leixlip, Celbridge, Carbury, Athgarvan and Blessington areas bringing the total number of homes without power at 14,740.

The ESB said Storm Ali hit early this morning bringing gusts in excess of 150km/h, with the storm tracking northwards over the course of the day.

"As of 1.00pm, approximately 186,000 electricity customers are without power as a result of over 1,400 individual faults on the network across the country. Fallen trees on overhead lines are responsible for most of the damage to the network," it said.

"ESB Networks continue to assess the damage to the network and carrying out the necessary work to restore power. Crews in more northerly locations will be deployed once it is safe to do so."

It had this advice for members of the public.

"If you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they are LIVE and extremely dangerous. Please report any damage to electricity infrastructure by calling 1850 372 999."

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.esbpowercheck.ie or on the PowerCheck App for iPhone and Android devices.

If your fault is not logged please report it at https://www.esbnetworks.ie/ power-outages-updates/report- a-power-outage. Customers should have their MPRN available to access recorded information specific to their location. You can also check @ESBNetworks on Twitter for updates.

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 adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

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

View ESB Networks' video on preparing for an outage during a storm at: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=hf8uhiZM900