all Storm Barra power cuts should be restored today

ESB said it is making good progress on restoring power after Storm Barra created widespread power cuts across the country this week.

All customers without power should be restored today, according to Paul Hand, senior press officer with ESB.

He said that good progress on restoring power was made overnight and this morning. “We’re now into isolated pockets of customers without power, cumulatively in the hundreds.

“Crews continue to be fully mobilised and we’ll get the last remaining customers back today.”

Mr Hand said that Kerry was the most impacted by power outages, with 10,000 homes without power at one stage.

Now, there are just isolated pockets of power outages across the county, according to Mr Hand.

A smaller number of customers in Wicklow and Limerick are also without electricity.

Met Éireann have said it the weather will be mild but unsettled over the weekend.

Aoife Kealy, meteorologist with Met Éireann, said there will be a few showers with sunny spells on Friday but that overall it will be a fresh day. “It will be brighter in the east, and tonight a warm front will move across the country.

“This will make it cloudier, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle developing on Saturday morning. Tomorrow will be a dull cloudy day overall.”

There may be heavier bursts of rain in the northern half of the country, Ms Kealy added, with tomorrow evening drier and clearer in Connacht and Ulster, and the rain becoming confined to the south and southeast.

Temperatures will also rise over the weekend. On Friday, temperatures will be between five and eight degrees, but they will reach 10 to 13 degrees tomorrow.

Sunday will be another cloudy day, with outbreaks of rain expected, according to Ms Kealy.

“It will also be windy in the north and northwest, because of a depression coming in, but it will still be mild, with temperatures reaching 11-13 degrees.”

The weather will also be unsettled for the first half of next week.

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