Power outages in Tipperary as storm Ophelia hits

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2017

In the Killeshadra/Carrigallen area there are a further 250 properties without power and power outages are also reported for homes in Gortletteragh and Drumlish.

And customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional.

By late afternoon, approximately 360,000 electricity customers were without power as a result of over 3,200 individual faults on the network across the country.

Northern Powergrid will be deploying its helicopter later today, once the storm passes, to carry out inspections and provide intelligence of any other damage which may have been caused by Storm Ophelia to its overhead network.

"The majority of people who are without power right now will be without power overnight and for the next couple of days and about 5% or 10% of people will still be without power ten days from now", she said.

"Based on previous experience of Storm Darwin in 2014, where about 280,000 customers were left without supply, we can predict that it will take a number of days to restore power to all customers".

"We are prioritising electricity to infrastructure, such as water and communications".

The ESB have warned people not to approach fallen cables or wires as they will likely be live.

The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, has provided an update on the response to Storm Ophelia following a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Group (Northern Ireland).

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