Snake leaves thousands without power in Upstate, officials say

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June 11, 2016 – – GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —A snake left thousands without power in the Upstate after slithering into a transmission substation, according to Duke Energy Spokesman Ryan Mosier.

Mosier said the snake most likely was seeking shade.

He said animals often get inside transmission substations in the summer months trying to escape the heat.

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Duke Energy reported that thousands of customers were left without electricity Saturday morning.

Spokesman Ryan Mosier told WYFF that a problem with a substation caused the problem. The outage affected businesses and residential areas.

At one point late Saturday morning, Duke’s website reported about 7,100 customers without electricity.

Alison Rauch with Greer CPW said 1600 customers from Greer CPW lost power for just over an hour also.

By 11:20 a.m., Duke’s website reported that power to all but 26 customers had been restored.

Mosier said the snake did not survive the incident.

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