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Raccoon To Blame For Jersey City Power Outage, PATH Shutdown

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A raccoon caused an outage Friday evening that cut power to more than 10,000 customers in Jersey City, and shut down much of the service on the PATH Train system for about an hour and a half.

The power went out around 7:45 p.m., Public Service Electric and Gas told CBS2.

PSE&G reported that a raccoon made contact with electrical equipment inside the switching station, and caused the outage.

A total of 12,250 customers were affected.

PSE&G crews responded to the station, and switched customers to other equipment so that power could be restored. Customers had their power back by 9:20 p.m.

When power went out, all PATH Train lines except the Newark-Journal Square Line were suspended. The World Trade Center-Journal Square, Hoboken-Journal Square, Hoboken-33rd Street and Journal Square-33rd Street lines were all shut down.

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No PATH service between Manhattan and New Jersey was available at all during the outage, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

PATH service had resumed with delays by 9:35 p.m.

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