CREWS from ESB Networks are working to restore electricity to thousands of customers across Limerick after lightning resulted in a number of outages this Wednesday night.
There were widespread reports of thunder and lightning across the county on social media between 7.30pm and 8pm.
Video of lightning from house in Limerick city pic.twitter.com/oKFR9pbOJy— Fintan Walsh (@FintanYTWalsh) December 13, 2017
There were also some reports of torrential rainfall around the same time.
ESB Networks says its dealing with a number of faults in areas including Patrickswell, Clarina, Bruff, Lough Gur, Kildimo, Athea and Caherconlish.
We have a number of faults in the #Limerick #NewcastleWest areas due to lightning. If you need to report a fault you can on line on https://t.co/6Yg87spVgS for updates its https://t.co/VMtxFrW7FY #staysafe— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) December 13, 2017
The single biggest fault is located near Meanus where more than 1,500 customers are without power.
According to ESB Networks’ Powercheck App, it is hoped that supply can be supplied in all areas by midnight.
Jesus that was some clap of thunder and lightning. Electricity gone, early to bed tonight!!— Ken Daly (@dalyk1970) December 13, 2017
Thunder and lightening here in #Limerick— Ronan Feehan (@ronanfeehan) December 13, 2017
Meanwhile, two status yellow weather alerts which have been issued by Met Éireann remain in effect.
One warns of snow/ice while the second warns of strong winds.