KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 31, 2011 – Nearly 3,000 Kissimmee Utility Authority customers were without power for an hour late Saturday evening after a cat crawled into high-voltage equipment at a Kissimmee electrical substation.
The outage occurred at 10:13 pm and utility crews had all power restored at 11:11 pm. Crews found the remains of the cat inside the utility’s Airport Substation, located adjacent to the Kissimmee Gateway Airport.
Areas affected by the outage included the north side of Highway 192, from Hoagland Blvd. west to Four Winds Blvd., Bass Rd., a portion of Old Vineland Rd., and the south side of Carroll St. from Hoagland Blvd. east to John Young Pkwy.
Substations are designed to “step down”, or reduce, high voltage power carried over power lines. The power is then distributed from the substation to homes and businesses in the community that the substation serves.
Squirrels and other animals frequently cause power outages by contacting transformers and other electrical equipment.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent