Electricity restored to all homes after power cuts

Wednesday 25 December 2013 22.45
ESB restored electricity to around 30,000 customers across the country yesterday
ESB restored electricity to around 30,000 customers across the country yesterday

All homes affected by power cuts in the last few days have had their electricity supply restored.

Residents of Achill Island in Co Mayo were among the last to be re-connected to the supply.

This afternoon, the ESB said all homes were fully supplied.

Repair crews restored electricity to around 30,000 customers across the country yesterday, following high winds and lightning strikes.

Separately, Met Éireann has issued a status orange warning for tomorrow evening, with strong winds expected.

The warning reads: "Becoming very windy or stormy again during the evening of St Stephen's Day, continuing overnight and for much of Friday."

In Britain, up to 50,000 homes were without power this afternoon and more than 100 flood warnings remained in place following high winds and heavy rains.

Most of those without electricity are in the south of England and are unlikely to have it restored before St Stephen's Day.

Hurricane-force winds lashed Britain and France yesterday, causing five deaths in Britain and one in France.

Heavy downpours led to cancellations of rail, flight and ferry services. 

Powerful winds and torrential rain swept southern France this morning, grounding flights and cutting off power to tens of thousands of homes.             

About 120,000 homes across the country were without electricity on Christmas Day due to ruptured power lines and widespread flooding in the northwestern Brittany region, said France's ERDF power distributor.

The storm subsided in the north of France this morning, but continued to batter southeastern France and the Mediterranean coastline, though winds were less powerful.              

Meteo France, the national weather office, maintained an "Orange" alert level for weather-related danger – its second-highest - in parts of Brittany and southeastern France but declared other regions mostly calm.

It warned of powerful gusts in the Pyrenees mountain range and the possibility of high waves along the Mediterranean coast.