Cat knocks out power to 7,500 in New Orleans

Posted at 1:40 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 14:40:39-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A cat got into a utility company substation and came into contact with electrical equipment, knocking out electricity to more than 7,500 New Orleans customers.

Entergy New Orleans said on its website and in social media posts that it happened Monday morning. New Orleans news outlets said the outage happened around 8:30 a.m.

Power had been fully restored by midday.

The outage affected parts of the Uptown, Central City and Mid-City neighborhoods and part of the Central Business District.

The utility said it is unusual for a cat to get into a substation or make it around protective devices. The company added that, when it happens, the animal doesn’t survive.