Cat causes power outage for thousands of Entergy customers

Some customers are questioning the city’s power grid
More than 7,500 customers were without power in New Orleans on Sept. 17. (Source: Entergy)
More than 7,500 customers were without power in New Orleans on Sept. 17. (Source: Entergy)(Entergy)
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 at 9:16 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Thousands of Entergy customers woke up Monday morning to a power outage that in some cases only lasted a few minutes. However, after learning that the outage, according to Entergy, was caused by a cat that somehow got into a substation, many questioning the strength of the city’s power grid.

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The outage happened even though weather conditions are warm but normal.

Dozens of businesses and homeowners in the Central Business District, Broadmoor, Mid-City and Central City impacted by a power outage this morning that at one point affected 7,500 people.

Around noon, Entergy said that all customers who were affected had power restored, but even though the outage was short in duration for many, it did cause problems. Especially in the CBD where dozens of businesses lost electricity.

Attorney Mike Eckstein, who works downtown, says he was working on a document at the time of the outage which he was not able to retrieve because his computer went down.

Entergy says precautions are taken to keep animals out of substations, but those precautions are not foolproof.

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