BAY AREA, CA -- A Mountain View squirrel apparently woke up a little hungry Monday morning because when it ate into a wire, it caused a power outage to 3,192 homes, the utility company confirmed Tuesday.
According to Pacific Gas & Power Spokeswoman Monica Tell, the lights went out at approximately 6:09 a.m. and by 8:05 a.m. power had been restored to 1,200 customers. With the exception of one household—who regained power at 2:56 p.m.—the rest of the customers had lights by 8:46 p.m.
"We do have situations where animals, like seagulls, do sometimes cause an outage," Tell said. "It's not very common, but it does happen."
Residents around the city—from Moffet Boulevard and Central Expressway all the way to California Street and Ortega Avenue—were affected.
This outage followed one on including, and only for a short amount of time, Police and Fire headquarters.
Also, on Tuesday afternoon, the at the intersection of Shoreline Boulevard and El Camino Real were out for more than three hours during rush hour. Tell told Patch that PG&E did not show anything unusual happening there.
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