Storm Ali knocks out electricity and downs trees in Kilkenny

Yellow Wind Warning in place

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

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sian.moloughney@kilkennypeople.ie

Met Eireann issues Status Orange Wind Warning as Storm Ali bears down on Ireland

The projected path of Storm Ali

UPDATE:

As of 1pm, 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.

The areas most impacted include: Cavan, Sligo, Donegal, Castlebar, Galway, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Mullingar and parts of North County Dublin.

Storm Ali is making itself felt across County Kilkenny this morning.

Strong winds have caused power outages and blown down trees.

ESB Networks are dealing with reports of faults in Ballyragget, Ballyhale, Shanbough (on the Kilkenny - Wexford border) and Thomastown. Reports are also coming in to the Kilkenny People of electricity outages in Castlecomer, Johnstown, Urlingford and areas Freshford this morning.

ROADS

Driving conditions are tricky this morning. Motorists are urged to exercise caution. Slow down and watch out for pedestrians or cyclists who may be blown across your path by strong gusts.

There are reports of a tree down at Campion's Pub, Threecastles. 

Branches and other debris are on many roads.

Updates on this story throughout the day.

Met Eireann Forecast

Status Yellow - Wind warning 
Very windy across Ireland from early on Wednesday morning until evening. South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr, strongest in southern, western and northern coastal areas.

Valid from Wednesday 19 September 2018 05:00 to Wednesday 19 September 2018 17:00

Windy today, Wednesday, with strong to gale force southwesterly winds, accompanied by severe and potentially damaging gusts, especially later this morning and early this afternoon, associated with Storm Ali. Rain this morning clearing by this afternoon, and brightening up with a few sunny spells occurring, and just the odd isolated shower. Winds will ease later in the day. Maximum temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees.

As a result of Storm Ali, approximately 55,000 homes, farms and businesses are without power nationwide this morning. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. 

Storm Ali is currently active in the west coast of the country gale force winds and gusts of up to 120 km/h per hour. The counties most impacted include Cork,  Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Mayo.

ESB Networks has mobilised repair crews who are currently working in very difficult conditions to restore power as quickly as possible to affected customers, once it is safe to do so.

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

An Important Public Safety Message

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.

If your fault is not logged please report it  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.

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.