A storm that hit Ireland in March is taking its toll on the electrical appliance industry, with retailers having to close shop and have to ration power supplies to prevent further damage to their equipment.
The electricity sector in Ireland is a critical one, and the country has suffered more than 10,000 deaths and over 200,000 hospitalisations as a result of the storm.
The storm caused power outages in the south of Ireland, causing an emergency closure of all but three main lines between Cork and Galway.
The Stormwater Management Authority (SMA) said on Monday it had been unable to provide sufficient water and power to the island of Ireland’s biggest electricity retailer, Airtel.
“We were forced to close our stores on March 17 because we couldn’t keep up with the demand from our customers and our supply lines were flooded,” Airtell spokesman Paul McCafferty said.
“With no water to supply our customers, we’ve been forced to ration our power supply.”
As we had to cut the power, our customers are now finding it difficult to get home, so we have had to shut the shops and ration our supply.
“It was a similar story for the electricity service provider, SES.
The Irish Electricity Supply (IES) said it has been inundated with calls about the power outage, and has been trying to manage the situation.”
The Irish Electric Vehicle Association said it had received reports of customers in Cork being unable to get their vehicles to their vehicle parks, and that some vehicles have been destroyed.””
We have been working hard to provide the most reliable electricity supply possible.”
The Irish Electric Vehicle Association said it had received reports of customers in Cork being unable to get their vehicles to their vehicle parks, and that some vehicles have been destroyed.
“Electric vehicles are a critical component of the country’s energy grid, and we’re all concerned about the impacts the loss of these vehicles could have on the electric system,” said EIA director of communications Mark O’Leary.
The SMA said it is currently in discussions with its customers to provide more information on how they can access electricity and gas and what services they can use.
The country has been hit by three storms in the past two years.
The first, in May 2017, saw the death of more than 20,000 people, including more than 2,000 in Cork alone.
The second, in June 2017, was the worst storm in the history of Ireland.
The third, in October, was followed by Hurricane Katia in September, which was the strongest storm in Ireland’s recorded history.