1,700 homes, farms and businesses still without power following Storm Hector

Update 8.45pm: Around 1,700 homes, farms and businesses are still without power this evening following Storm Hector.

ESB crews have already restored the supply to 140,000 premises since strong winds battered the country last night.

Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan remain worst affected by power outages.

People are being reminded not to approach fallen wires and to report any damage.

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Update 7pm: 5,000 homes, farms and businesses still without power following Storm Hector

Five thousand homes, farms and businesses are still without power this evening following Storm Hector.

ESB crews have already restored the supply to 140,000 premises since strong winds battered the country last night.

Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan remain worst affected by power outages.

People are being reminded not to approach fallen wires and to report any damage.

Update 12.45pm: 18,000 remain without power following Storm Hector

Around 18,000 homes remain without power this afternoon after Storm Hector.

ESB crews have been working to restore supply after gusts of up to 125 km/ph swept across the country last night and this morning.

Road users are still being advised to take extra care due to widespread fallen trees.

Paul Hand from ESB Networks says they are getting power back to people's homes and businesses;

"Crews have made good progress around the country this morning and as of now we've got about 18,000 homes, farms and businesses nationwide that remain without power.

Crews are continuing to work over the course of the afternoon and evening to get all of those customer restored by this evening.

Update 11.15am: The worst of storm Hector has passed but there are still 35,000 homes and business without power.

There were two wind warnings in place earlier bringing gusts of up to 125 km/ph - but both have now ended.

Blackouts remain from Donegal to Cork and Dublin to Galway.

Gardaí are still urging motorists to take care on the roads amid widespread reports of fallen trees.

Update 7.20am: 35,000 without power after strong winds from Storm Hector

35,000 homes, farms and businesses have been left without power because of Storm Hector.

The worst affected areas are Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway - where an orange wind warning remains in place.

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

A yellow warning for 13 other counties including Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare and Kerry is in place until 10am this morning.

There are also reports of fallen trees across the country - and Gardaí are urging motorists to take care on the roads.

Paul Hand from ESB Networks said crews are already working on restoring power.

"Even at this stage crews are actually mobilised and we are working to get power restored to all impacted families over the course of today," said Mr Hand.

"We'd ask people to be extremely wary of fallen lines and report them on 1850 372 999."

Earlier: Weather warnings remain in place due to Storm Hector

A number of weather warnings are in place this morning as the tail end of Storm Hector batters the country.

An orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo - while there is a yellow warning for 13 other counties including Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry.

Met Éireann is warning of winds of up to 80 km/hr - with gusts reaching 125 km/h in some coastal counties.

Both warnings remain in place until 10am this morning.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding as the winds coincide with high spring tides.

- Digital Desk


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