Storm Betty: Floods left thousands without electricity

Storm Betty: Floods left thousands without electricity
Storm Betty (Image: WXCharts)

After Storm Betty slammed Ireland, tens of thousands of families are still without electricity.

Overnight, the power network was damaged by storm-force winds, according to ESB Networks, impacting slightly over 70,000 homes, farms, and businesses.

Approximately 50,000 electrical users were still without power as of Saturday midday, with the damage primarily being attributed to lightning and trees that had fallen on overhead power wires as a result of the strong winds.

Southeasterly counties, north Dublin, Dundalk, Portlaoise, and Kilkenny are the areas most affected.

In a statement, ESB Networks said: "All available resources are being deployed to address all power outages where it is safe to do so.

"To restore power to as many customers as possible, ESB Networks personnel have been working since the break of dawn and will continue to do so through this afternoon and into this evening.

"By this evening, a sizable portion of the affected consumers will have their power back.

"However, some customers in specific areas may remain without supply over the course of the night due to the scope of the damage to the electricity network."

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Now that all Met Éireann weather warnings have been withdrawn.

On Friday night, flooding caused traffic issues on specific routes in Co. Cork. Meanwhile, in Co. Waterford, frenzied scenes broke out as a yacht broke free from its mooring and slammed into a harbour in Dungarvan.

On Friday night and Saturday morning, a number of games and outdoor activities were postponed, while emergency workers in the south of the nation cleaned debris, including downed trees.

The PSNI in Northern Ireland issued a warning to drivers about potentially dangerous road conditions.

"Police are continuing to appeal to road users to exercise caution this morning in all areas of the country, as high winds and rain can make driving conditions difficult," a spokeswoman said.

Several roadways have reported having trees down, according to the reports.

"Motorists should continue to drive cautiously and at reduced speeds, considering how inclement weather can affect braking and stopping distances.

Please observe any road closure signage, too.