UPDATE: WINDS EASE BUT MORE DONEGAL HOMES HAVE POWER CUT

first_imgTHE latest storm has officially subsided, however dozens of homes in Co Donegal are without power this evening.ESB Networks says 63 customers in Castlefinn have lost their supply, but should be reconnected by 9.30pm.Elsewhere 91 homes in Lifford – mainly on the Letterkenny Road in the town – have also had power disrupted. These properties should have services restored before 8pm. Eighteen homes in Malin Head had their ESB supply cut off at 4pm. Supplies should be restored by 7.30pm.Following the serious storm overnight, with wind speeds up to 150KM/hr, causing huge damage to the electricity Network across the country, over 70,000 homes and businesses had been left without power this morning in the country.In preparation for the fall out of the storm ESB Networks management and engineers had planned the response effort through the night. Network Crews worked since day break to make the network safe and restore supply.ESB Networks Centralised Operation Control Centre, with over 2000 smart switching devices around the country was used to it’s maximum advantage also to assist ground crews in isolating faulted network, making safe dangerous situations and restoring supply to all customers. The results of this effort is that by 5PM, ESB Networks had restored supply to over 60,000 customers, with 10,000 now remaining without electricity. This progress masks the huge amount of work that will be required to fix all the remaining faults on the network – over 1400 faults exist. It will take significant time to reach all these smaller faults and for that reason we are estimating at this stage that up to 4900 customers will be without power over night.It is expected that up to 1850 customers will be without supply in the South west, in the mid west we will have 2500 homes and businesses out in Tralee Newcastlewest and Clare. In the South East we expect there expecting 280 customers out over night in Arklow and Enniscorthy. We expect approximately 180 out in the North East North Dublin/Mullingar Drogheda/Dundalk. Across the country Small Pockets of outages will possibly be out over night, but through working through the evening ESB Networks to minimise that number to 4900 or below.ESB Networks says it apologises to Customers who have been out today and especially to those customers for whom we will not be able to get power back to night. This has been one of the worst storms in years.Said a spokesman: “We have over 1000 staff working in the field fixing faults and making the network safe. Crews will work late into the evening and will resume first thing tomorrow morning to complete the restoration.” UPDATE: WINDS EASE BUT MORE DONEGAL HOMES HAVE POWER CUT was last modified: December 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinESBLiffordMalin Headstorm updatelast_img read more

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first_imgGreen Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) can’t make the catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines earlier this week when he claimed all the pressure is on the Arizona Cardinals when the two teams meet in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday night in Glendale.Maybe he believes it, maybe it’s a good player on an inferior team looking for some sort of psychological edge.The Cardinals smacked the Packers 38-8 in Week 16, and according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the tape of that game doesn’t lie. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Clayton’s point is a valid one, and one that has affected the Packers all season. Green Bay averaged just 10.99 yards per completion which ranked 28th in the NFL. With a healthy Jordy Nelson, the Packers ranked second in the same category a year ago, averaging 12.74 yards per completion.Clayton believes this will be too much for Rodgers and Green Bay to overcome.“It’s not going to be the same blowout, but I can’t see this changing,” he said.Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:15 p.m. and can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Extended pregame coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider “This is kind of a discount reality double-check and (Rodgers) needs to look at the film of the last game,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Every time I saw a Packers receiver, I saw some cornerback from the Arizona Cardinals on his hip.“That’s because the Packers can’t run and the Cardinals can cover. What’s changed? What’s changed is that Davante Adams is now out and you have one less guy to get into the route. I don’t see much different.”Adams, a second-year wide receiver who had been making strides in recent weeks, injured his knee in the Packers’ 35-18 Wild Card win over the Washington Redskins and won’t play Saturday. Adams was Green Bay’s third-leading receiver this season with 50 catches for 483 yards and a touchdown.“You saw how slow those receivers are — the lack of separation. The only thing that Aaron Rodgers could do except for picking himself up after being sacked eight times, was maybe throw a back-shoulder throw to James Jones or to maybe try a little bit of a crossing route,” Clayton said.“The downfield routes are covered and I can’t imagine with a week where the Cardinals defenders have been able to rest, that they’re going to be able to slow down.”last_img read more