Snake to blame for large Wesley Chapel power outage

Pasco County

SAN FRANCISCO – MAY 29: New electrical transformers are seen at a Pacific Gas & Electric storage facility May 29, 2003 in San Francisco, California. Unusually hot temperatures in California’s Central Valley sparked a surge in power use Wednesday, forcing state electricity grid operators to declare an emergency. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A snake knocked out power to 1,500 homes after it invaded a circuit switcher at a substation in Wesley Chapel on Thursday, according to a Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative spokesman. The city’s traffic lights were also affected. 

More than 1,500 WREC customers were impacted by the outage, according to a map on WREC’s website. As of 6 p.m., the power has been completely restored and traffic lights are working again, the representative said. 

Further information was not immediately available. 

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