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Squirrel Blamed for San Jose Power Outage
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014

Posted on 03/19/2014 2:37:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A squirrel caused a power outage that left nearly 1,200 PG&E customers in San Jose without power Wednesday morning, a utility spokeswoman said.

The outage was first reported around 8:20 a.m. and affected 1,180 customers in the city's College Park neighborhood, according to PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell.

She said a squirrel came into contact with some PG&E equipment in the area, causing the outage.

One of the customers affected was Caltrain's San Jose dispatching center, according to Tell. The outage caused the dispatching center to fail and led trains to stop, causing major system-wide delays.

The area impacted was bounded by The Alameda, Taylor, Ashbury and Stockton. The SJ Unified School District office and Caltrain were both impacted by the outage, Tell said.

Power was restored by around 11 a.m.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: squirrel

1 posted on 03/19/2014 2:37:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

This really is a case of “Look! Squirrel!”


2 posted on 03/19/2014 2:38:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 03/19/2014 2:40:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve seen electrocuted bald eagles more than once in Alaska.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 2:42:22 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Is the squirrel all right?


5 posted on 03/19/2014 2:42:35 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck; nickcarraway

Is the squirrel all right? Meant this for you


6 posted on 03/19/2014 2:44:07 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: nickcarraway

Have they checked for ties to Al Qaeda?


7 posted on 03/19/2014 2:44:33 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: nickcarraway

The heart of electron-based wealth creation in California is San Jose.

And in San Jose, ALL those electrons can be stopped.

BY A SQUIRREL.

What success might be met by, say, a committed terrorist group...?


8 posted on 03/19/2014 2:45:00 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway
a squirrel came into contact with some PG&E equipment in the area,
causing the outage

Now just hokey smoke, Bullwinkle ....

9 posted on 03/19/2014 2:45:02 PM PDT by mikrofon (RIP Rocket J ;)
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To: Starstruck

Isn’t that the eternal, existential question?


10 posted on 03/19/2014 2:48:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

11 posted on 03/19/2014 2:49:42 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: nickcarraway; Chode; SgtBob

Came into work one morning and had no power in the store so I start checking breakers/voltage until I end up out back at the meter- no power there either, turn around and look up the pole to the transformer (3 Phase) and on one of the lines feeding the meter loop off the transformer is an Owl zotted to the wire hanging upside down with one leg blown off.

I yelled at it “Your grounded!”

Then I called the Power Co.

When the guy showed up He said “Well I’ve never see THAT before”


12 posted on 03/19/2014 2:50:26 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: mikrofon
Several years ago, a woodpecker put his pecker where it shouldn't have atop a power pole -- and about three square blocks went out.

I still remember seeing it's charred carcass at the base of the pole.

13 posted on 03/19/2014 2:53:42 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: nickcarraway

14 posted on 03/19/2014 2:57:30 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Hot Tabasco

15 posted on 03/19/2014 3:03:43 PM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: Starstruck
"Is the squirrel all right?"

Yes, but the moose bit my sister.


16 posted on 03/19/2014 3:07:05 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Flag_This

Theres got to be a story behind that picture.


17 posted on 03/19/2014 3:10:21 PM PDT by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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To: dainbramaged

I’ve seen squirrels blow up.


18 posted on 03/19/2014 3:11:35 PM PDT by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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To: Army Air Corps
Is the squirrel alright?
Isn’t that the eternal, existential question?

I thought that was "Is the beaver alright?"

19 posted on 03/19/2014 3:12:40 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Duckdog
Here's the story (I can't believe it's almost ten years old):

link

20 posted on 03/19/2014 3:16:04 PM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: Starstruck

Depends on your meaning of “all right”, snicker.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 3:17:43 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: Starstruck

Was the squirrel all right? —I think it was a bit overcooked.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 3:19:18 PM PDT by tioga
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To: nickcarraway

Obama was in San Jose?


23 posted on 03/19/2014 3:21:20 PM PDT by Steel Shoe
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To: nickcarraway

24 posted on 03/19/2014 3:54:45 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Starstruck
I thought that was "Is the beaver alright?"

Is that Ward asking June a question? I have heard Ward was a little hard on the beaver...

FMCDH(BITS)

25 posted on 03/19/2014 4:17:17 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: potlatch

A Post crispy critter.


26 posted on 03/19/2014 5:07:39 PM PDT by aimhigh (John 14:21)
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To: Flag_This

Is that a MOOSE hanging from the wire??????

Just how the blazes did it get up there????


27 posted on 03/19/2014 5:11:03 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Yes, it is. There’s a link to the news story on post #20 that tells the whole sad story.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 5:15:10 PM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: Flag_This

Oooooohhhh. I read the story. Got it. Still pretty weird.


29 posted on 03/19/2014 5:25:05 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: aimhigh

Lol, very true!


30 posted on 03/19/2014 5:27:33 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: nickcarraway
This is what happens when Obama sends Biden overseas!


31 posted on 03/19/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: mabarker1
not as wise as he thought he was
32 posted on 03/19/2014 5:42:27 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

I’m glad this is a new outage. I was thinking it might have been that big one awhile ago where the substation got all shot up!


33 posted on 03/19/2014 5:47:42 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 2Fro; all_mighty_dollar; Arkat Kingtroll; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Betis70; billycat95130; ...

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34 posted on 03/19/2014 7:11:15 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dainbramaged

I worked in Campbell next door to San Jose. A huge crow landed on the power pole outside our office and his wings spanned the two conductors. Poof! All the lights in the business park were out and there was fried crow at the bottom of the pole. Only 126 million more to go.


35 posted on 03/19/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: nickcarraway

Lil rat....


36 posted on 03/19/2014 7:20:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Flag_This

LOL!

I remember that


37 posted on 03/19/2014 7:22:06 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Veggie Todd

Looks like yer pic rode the lightning .....


38 posted on 03/19/2014 7:22:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome
Looks like yer pic rode the lightning .....

Besides being a great Metallica album, I'm not sure what that means. But I don't get out much. :)

39 posted on 03/19/2014 9:16:05 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd

Play on words.

Sometimes when we ZOT an idiot, we let them ride the lightning.

Seems this lil feller rode the lightning to heaven.

Maybe he can say hi to my dog?...

Would be great if he could.


40 posted on 03/19/2014 9:19:35 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: mabarker1

Zotted Owl? Isn’t that an endangered species?


41 posted on 03/20/2014 6:10:04 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: hoagy62

Walked

Before the snow melted, eh?


42 posted on 03/20/2014 6:11:19 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void
That one is. The Power Co guy gave us the foot/claw. We put it on the Main Breaker Panel- kinda a mini voodoo thing to ward off the rest of the flock.
43 posted on 03/20/2014 7:10:13 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Chode

No he wasn’t


44 posted on 03/20/2014 7:11:32 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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