#Ophelia Alert: More than 3,000 homes across County Longford without power

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove



Storm Ophelia

A fallen tree lies across the main Dublin Road in Longford

In excess of 3,000 residences in Co Longford are currently without power this evening following the devastating onslaught of Storm Ophelia.

That's the latest figure which ESB officials have so far managed to collate on their online power outage map.

Approximately 3,336 households and businesses are cut off, many of which have been caused by fallen trees.

The vast majority of those worst hit include around 1500 homes in the greater Longford town area.

Other areas affected include dozens of properties in Ballinamuck, Ballinalee, Edgeworthstown, Dromard and Arva.

The ESB has warned some customers may have to wait up to ten days for their power to be fully restored owing chiefly to the dangerous conditions facing repair crews.

That admission comes after Storm Ophelia claimed the lives of three people in separate incidents across the country.

The fatalities were in Waterford, Tipperary and Louth - a woman in her 50s was killed when a tree struck the car she was travelling in, a man in his 30s died as he was working on a fallen tree with a chainsaw and, later in the afternoon, a man was killed when the car in which he was travelling in was struck by a tree.


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