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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy Progress says a power outage that affected thousands of customers in Wilmington this morning was due to a cat.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Zajac says a cat apparently got into some substation equipment knocking out power to about 6,200 customers on the south side of Wilmington. Crews believe the cat died, Zajac said.

In addition to homes and business, the outage also blacked out traffic lights, which caused some delays for drivers.

Zajac says power was restored around 10:30 a.m.

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  • I think the cat shouldn’t be blamed. It’s not to the cat’s knowledge that he’ll destroy some devices and cause massive damage to the grid or something. It’s pure instinct I guess why he’s been there.

  • Guest2020

    I was wondering about them thinking the cat is dead. Did they see the cat? If so, can’t they tell if it’s dead? If not, then how do they know it was the cat’s fault?

  • Clemson Bemson

    I’m thinking that there cat probably did. Seems like instead a just believing that, that there crew should a just opened the door an found a dead cat.

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