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Thousands without power as Storm Doris hits Ardee

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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

More than 2,000 ESB customers in and around Ardee were left without power today as Storm Doris raged across the country, bringing heavy rain and gale force winds reaching 140 km/h.

ESB Networks began reporting outages in the area shortly before 7am, with an estimated 2,000 customers affected by the initial fault at Stickillin.

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Subsequent faults at Ballybaile increased the number of affected properties, with those in the town’s surrounding areas worst hit.

The power outage also caused problems for local businesses in the town centre, with Ardee Credit Union forced to close just before lunch time due to reduced power. Other businesses in the town are relying on backup power generators, with many working in a reduce capacity as a result.

The strong winds have downed tress in the area, causing havoc for road users. Further disruption on the M1 Motorway this morning resulted in delays for commuters travelling to work and college.

As of 2:30pm many are still without power – including the majority of Smarmore and Stabannon – although services are beginning to be restored. ESB Networks are estimating that full power should be restored to local customers by 7:30pm this evening.

For the latest updates, see ESB Networks’ website – here.

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