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Thousands in Ireland without power after Storm Ophelia

Staff Writer |
Some 130,000 people in Ireland on Wednesday remained without power and tens of thousands without water in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

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Energy chiefs in ESB Networks warned that progress to reconnect remaining homes, mostly in the south of the country, would take several days.

"As we move down to lower voltage repairs this work slows down as individual faults are repaired," the company said.

ESB Networks is also prioritising power connections to water treatment and supply plants after the storm wiped out services to tens of thousands.

About 48,000 Irish Water customers remain with no supplies.

ESB Networks said it had restored power to 255,000 of those who had been cut off during the hurricane-force winds on Monday.

It could be another week before some homes see the lights come back on.

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