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Cat knocks out power to New Orleans customers Monday morning

NEW ORLEANS — A cat knocked out power to thousands of customers in the New Orleans area Monday morning.

According to Entergy, the largest outages were in Mid-City, Central City and Broadmoor, affecting more than 7,500 customers. The outage also cut off power to traffic lights across the city, according to several New Orleans news outlets.

In a news release, Entergy said a cat got into a substation and caused the outage, which was reported at 8:30 a.m.

“A cat got into a substation that feeds parts of Uptown, Central City, Mid-City and the CBD, and caused a flash when it came into contact with our equipment,” the utility company said at 9:30 a.m.

By 10 a.m., power had been restored to all but 350 customers. Entergy estimates all power should be restored by 11:30 a.m.

Entergy did not provide information on the cat’s condition.