Thousands still without power after storm; damage to Luas Green line

ESB Networks says 39,000 homes, farms and businesses are still without power this morning after StormAli crossed the country yesterday.

Repair crews workedthrough the night, but 1,600 individual faults remain on the network.

It says it hopes to restore power to everyone affected today.

ESB Networks Operations Manager Derek Hynes said most repairs are in the Cavan/Longford, Monaghan and Mayo areas.

He saidcrews need to get to 1,600 locations today andwarned people of the dangers of going near any fallen power lines.

Telecoms companyeir says it is continuing to restore phone service to parts of the country where it was disrupted yesterday.

Eir said72 mobile mast sites continue to be down in Dublin, north Leinster, Connachtand Ulster.

22 communications cabinets are also offline due to the storm, which is impacting 1,500 fixed line customers.

Elsewhere, Irish Water has said a power outage may cause loss of water supply in Co Monaghan to approx 10,000 Lough Egish customers this afternoon.

The ESB restored power to the treatment plant last night but power has yet to be restored to the pumps at the lake.

Irish Water said customers may suffer some temporary loss of water supply after lunchtime.

Meanwhile, in Dublin,a section of the Luas Green line is still closed between Cowper and Dawson as a result of cable damage.

Luas is due to give anupdate at 12.45pm in relation to the restoration of a full Green Line Service.

The National Ploughing Championships resumedthis morning in Co Offaly, after being closed to the public yesterday due to public safetyconcerns.

Separately, a status yellow rainfall warning cameinto effect at 9amfor Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Met Éireann says rain will be persistent and heavy at times especially during the afternoon with a risk of spot flooding.

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