About 7,000 customers lost power Wednesday in central Washington County and an animal is to blame, according to National Grid.
National Grid spokesman Nathan Stone said the outage was linked to an animal. The animal damaged an insulator and circuit at a distribution center in the county, Stone said.
"It doesn't happen that often, but it does happen," he said. "We got 3,000 back up by rerouting the power."
The power outages were concentrated in Argyle, Kingsbury, Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Hartford and Hudson Falls areas and started around 11 a.m.
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Stone said crews are on the scene and will work through the afternoon to restore power. Restoration times are scheduled by 3 p.m. according to the National Grid outage map.
As of 4 p.m., about 221 customers remained without power near Cossayuna.
Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Hartford central schools and Hudson Falls middle school dismissed students early due to the power outage.