Cat causes power outage affecting more than 7,000 New Orleans customers

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NEW ORLEANS – SEPTEMBER 28: A military helicopter flies by as Entergy Corporation worker Michael “Flash” Gordon acts as a spotter for other crew members on the ground as they fix a transmission line damaged by Hurricane Katrina in the Algiers District September 28, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Businesses in the district are slowly […]

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NEW ORLEANS – About 7,500 New Orleans residents were without power Monday morning after a cat got into an Entergy substation and caused a “flash.”

Lights went out across Mid City around 9 a.m. after the cat came into contact with a piece of equipment in the substation, according to a tweet by Entergy.

Crews began working to restore power soon after the catastrophic outage, according to Entergy.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Entergy announced it had restored power to all but approximately 200 customers.

By 11:16 a.m., Entergy announced that power had been fully restored to all customers.

The cat did not survive its encounter with the equipment, according to Entergy.

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