Thousands left without power as Storm Ophelia recovery operations continue in Ireland

Thousands left without power as Storm Ophelia recovery operations continue in Ireland

Recovery operations have begun in the wake of the storm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thousands of people in Ireland have been left without power and water as the recovery operations from Storm Ophelia begin.

At the moment, an estimated 130,000 people have not got electrical power, while roughly 48,000 remain without water after weathering winds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Officials from ESB Networks have warned efforts to reconnect homes to power in the south of Ireland could take days.

The network said it was prioritising repairs to water supply plants in order to facilitate the process.

Citizens in the areas most affected by the storm, such as Wexford or Skibbereen in Cork have been urged to conserve their existing supplies as much as possible.

Soldiers in the Republic of Ireland have been asked to help assess the damage as recovery crews fix fallen cables and damaged electrical boards.

Crews from Northern Ireland also joined the efforts on Tuesday, while more workers from Scotland and France are expected to be called on Wednesday.

Three people died during the storm, which was the strongest to hit Ireland for almost 60 years.