UPDATE: Further power outages in Kildare

Over 3,000 homes without power

Niamh O'Donoghue

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UPDATE: Further power outages in Kildare

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There are further reports of power outages in Kildare as the impacts from Storm Emma continue to hit home.

There are currently over 3,000 homes who have no working power supply in Johnstown, Monasterevin, Allenwood, Prosperous, Kilcock and Enfield.

The ESB is endeavouring to carry out repairs but that is dependent on the weather conditions. 

A Red Alert is still in place until 6pm today.

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At the peak of the storm last night, the ESB said there were 117,000 premises without electricity.

"ESB Networks operations staff and our Control Centre restored supply to 90,000 of those customers in Dublin by working through the night. 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," it said.  

"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. Please be assured that we will work continuously to restore supply to our customers." 

For those customers currently impacted by faults, information on power outages and restoration times are available on:

www.esbpowercheck.ie or on the PowerCheck App for iPhone and Android devices.
If your fault is not showing on Powercheck please report it at https://www.esbnetworks.ie/ power-outages-updates/report- a-power-outage . Customers should have their MPRN available in order to log the fault and to access information on restoration times specific to their location

If you have no internet access please call 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.
 

The company is also asking for help from the public in reporting all emergencies such as fallen wires to 1850 372 999.

Precautions that you may consider taking to be prepared for an electricity outage are to :

Have plenty of food and water available
Have torches with spare batteries available
Make sure your phone is charged and, if possible, have a phone charger at hand for your car
Please check that elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours are prepared to be without electricity
If you have electric gates, please check you know how to work them manually
Have an alternative fuel supply available if possible to provide heating for your home.
 

If you lose power:

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.