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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  • by laura on Aug 17, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    Hey, WITN, how about...just a thought, NOT approving the racist comments to begin with? You know the old saying about an ounce of prevention?
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      by porkchop on Aug 17, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to laura
      What did Hitler think of free speech and freedom of the press?
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        by laura on Aug 17, 2011 at 08:29 PM in reply to porkchop
        Please read the Constitution before you presume to know what you're talking about. This is a private website, much like your home. The courts have already ruled that a site can restrict what it publishes. Just like I don't have the Consitutional right to enter your home and scream profanities at you, I don't have the right to post things on a private site which violate both state and local laws.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    I don't know how old the deer may be, but I'm 48 years old. I believe I have been here longer than any deer you could point out.
  • by jesw Location: rocky mount on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    My 18 year old son took this lemon and made me lemonade. He wanted to take advantage of the street lights being out to use our telescope. It had been a very long and emotionally tiring day for me. I didn't really want to go outside, but it ended up being just what I needed- to see a nice,clear close-up view of a beautiful moon. Thanks,son!
  • by Anon Location: Rocky Mount on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    We're talking Kilovolts here. Raccoon? Not likely.
  • by cheap insurance on Aug 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    The power grid is fragile. The Chinese have already hacked into the software that controls it. Have two cheap five horsepower size generators. A weak female could pull the starter rope on them. Have run a 13,700 btu AC window unit with each of them on a 100' 12 guage cord. It's nice to have ice for storm cleanup time and know I can keep my steaks frozen going should the grid fail.
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      by You Know... on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:14 PM in reply to cheap insurance
      You are a very intellegent person. That is one of the BEST ideas I've heard in a while....and you're RIGHT! The grid is fragile. Until they change the current system to the "New Way", a generator sounds like an indespensable item.... We all take electricity for granted sometimes. We've become complacent and totally dependant.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    Well give this critter a gun and some rights, because he is unstoppable! He will clean up the thuggery in Rocky Mount faster than all of the apologists will.
  • by Watcher on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    Amazing how vulnerable our aging electrical system is. Look for more and larger outages on the way.
  • by me Location: here on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    I do not think the critters that started the greenville outage will be thet luck!
  • by GLOCK4U on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    Gee, could it be the solar flares bombarding earth on daily basis?
  • by Dark Horse on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:41 AM
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