Raccoon knocks out power to thousands in Kissimmee

A raccoon entered a Kissimmee electrical substation early Tuesday morning and knocked out power to 2,844 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority for an hour.

The raccoon climbed onto a 13,200-volt breaker inside the utility’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport substation at 5:01 a.m. Tuesday, causing three primary feeder lines to fail. The substation, one of 11 serving the Kissimmee area, is located off Hoagland Boulevard, just south of U.S. Highway 192.

Raccoons are excellent climbers and notoriously curious—a threatening combination, which results in substation outages across the U.S. each year, KUA officials said.

KUA crews restored the feeders at 6:03 a.m., 6:04 a.m. and 6:05 a.m.

The raccoon did not survive.