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The Gathering Storm

How many  times do you need to be warned?

Squirrels briefly kill power in 2 cities

It was an unlucky day for two squirrels and hundreds of Midwestern power customers.

Brian Elwood, a spokesman for Xcel Energy, said a squirrel came in contact with an overhead transformer and knocked out service to 177 customers Monday. Power was fully restored in just under an hour, and repair crews found the remains of the “unfortunate squirrel,” he said.

By coincidence, another squirrel got into a substation 40 miles away in Ironwood, Mich., Monday morning and caused a temporary outage that affected about 1,400 customers in Ironwood and two nearby communities, Elwood said.

The second attack was dismissed as a coincidence!? Do you people need a Time-Life series on When Squirrels Attack before you see the light? Even cats see the threat.

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