More than 15,000 properties in Galway without power after Storm Ellen

Galway Daily news More than 15,000 properties in Galway without power after Storm Ellen

There are more than 15,000 homes and businesses across Galway without electricity this morning as repairs begin after Storm Ellen hit Ireland overnight.

Galway was under a Status Orange weather warning until 6am this morning along with much of the west and south of Ireland.

A separate status yellow wind warning for Storm Ellen covering all of Ireland was due to remain in force until midnight on Thursday, but has since been lifted early.

At the height of the storm, there were more than 20,000 premises in Galway without electricity, as outages nationwide hit more than 200,000 homes.

However there are still more than 30 power outages across Galway City and County, affecting 15,774 homes and businesses, as repairs begin today.

And while the ESB is currently predicting that many of those will be repaired by late morning or the early afternoon, others are expected to take considerably longer.

Two outages in Ballygar, which suffered a massive outage during the night, have a current estimated repair time of 10:45pm tonight.

The worst of the damage is in the east of the county. Creagh is suffering from six separate outages which have left 3,847 properties without power.

Ballycrossan is also badly affected by three outages leaving 2,888 without electricity, and there are 2,303 homes suffering from outages in Loughrea.

In Ballinasloe two separate power outages are affecting 1,775 properties, and there are 1,486 premises without electricity in Curra.

There are 1,183 homes and businesses without electricity in Ballygar, and 1,140 suffering from power outages in Athenry.

There are 463 homes without power in the Claregalway area, 275 in Kilcolgan, 178 in Headford, 138 in Gort, and 108 in Salthill.

The ESB is advising people to avoid any power lines downed or damaged by Storm Ellen as they can be extremely dangerous.