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Squirrel plunges 1,000+ Wake Forest power customers into the dark

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) -- More than 1,000 customers in Wake Forest were without power for hours Saturday evening after a squirrel short-circuited a transformer, officials said.

The power outage was mainly in and around the downtown Wake Forest area, town officials said in a news release.

"A squirrel came in to contact with a transformer," Wake Forest spokesman Bill Crabtree said in the release at 5:20 p.m.

Officials said the areas without power included parts of Elm Avenue, Holding Ridge subdivision, Pineview Estates subdivision, South Main Street, Durham Road, Bennett Park subdivision and Tyler Run subdivision.

Crabtree originally said power was expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m.

However, power was back on around 9 p.m.


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