Wayward Raccoon Knocks Out Power to 5,200 in Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 24, 2017 – A wayward raccoon triggered a widespread power outage in Kissimmee early Wednesday that left 5,194 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority without electricity for nearly an hour.

The raccoon climbed onto a 13,200-volt piece of electrical equipment inside the utility’s Airport Substation at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, causing three primary feeder lines to fail. The substation, one of 10 serving the Kissimmee area, is located off Hoagland Blvd., just south of the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.

Utility crews restored one feeder at 12:47 a.m., one at 12:48 a.m. and one at 12:53 a.m.

The raccoon did not survive.

Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.