UPDATE: Raccoon Knocks Out Power...And Survives

A raccoon knocked out the power to a North Carolina city by climbing into an electrical unit and got away with his life.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports Tuesday that the one-hour blackout Monday night was caused by the critter crawling into the electrical station that delivers all power to the city of 57,000.

City spokeswoman Megan Hinkle says the outage started at 10:20 p.m. Monday.

Public Utilities Director Rich Worsinger says workers who responded to the station to fix the problem saw the raccoon climb back over a fence and scurry off into the woods.
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Rocky Mount utility customers now have power after experiencing an outage that officials say left the entire city without power.

Officials say the entire city grid lost power for less than an hour Monday night. City crews say the reason for the outage was a raccoon.

All customers now have their power restored according to Rocky Mount officials.

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Rocky Mount utility customers are experiencing an outage that officials say has left a large portion of the city without power.

Officials tell WITN that around 10:20 p.m Monday night an extensive power outage occurred.

City officials say they do not know what caused the significant outage or when all the power will be restored. The city says they do have crews working to fix the outage.

Officials are asking customers to only call 911 if there is an emergency. They tell WITN due to a large call volume reporting outages their emergency lines are tied up.

Stay with WITN and WITN.com for all the updates on this developing story.

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