Cat blamed for morning power outage in Wilmington

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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.

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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.