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Cat Causes Power Outage Affecting Thousands

Animal got into a New Orleans substation, did not survive
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2018 4:58 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Thousands of New Orleans residents who lost power for more than an hour Monday have a cat to blame, USA Today reports. The animal got into one of Entergy New Orleans' substations, touched the equipment, and caused a flash. Outages started around 8:30am, and by noon, all customers saw their power restored. The cat did not survive. "It is unusual for a cat to get into a substation and around protective devices. When this happens, the animals unfortunately do not survive the high-voltage contact," Entergy said in a statement, noting that it installs protective devices to keep just such an incident from occurring, but on rare occasions an animal is able to get around them. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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