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Snake causes power outage at Horry County substation

This image posted to the Horry Electric Co-op Facebook page shows the location of the outage. (Source: Facebook) This image posted to the Horry Electric Co-op Facebook page shows the location of the outage. (Source: Facebook)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A snake at a Horry Electric Co-op substation caused a brief power outage Tuesday morning, according to the power company's Facebook page.

Over 1,900 customers in and around Carolina Forest were without power briefly when a snake came in contact with the electronics in a circuit at the Lake Ridge substation, officials stated.

Crews were dispatched and found the problem. Power was restored shortly after the outage was announced on Facebook.

Horry Electric Co-op responded that power outages caused by animals are not as rare as some may think.

The below is a graph of numbers and reasons behind outages so far in 2014:

Horry Outage Cause Codes  
2014 YTD Outages from animals and the public  
Motor Vehicle 27
Public Tree Cutting 8
Animal 48
Lightning 189

The company continued to add the list of animals that have caused outages includes squirrels, snakes, lizards and tree frogs. Termite damage has even resulted in outage problems.

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