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NWS: Electrocuted raccoon in Huntsville causes power issue for Hytop Radar

The power issues began around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Posted: Jul 13, 2019 4:21 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2019 10:04 AM

A trash panda was found to be the source of some radar issues for the National Weather Service in Huntsville. 

Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the NWS said they said they needed to do a reboot because the KHTX Radar Station was "stuck in Generator Mode (i.e. burning unnecessary fuel with utility power available at the site.)"

After bringing in a second technician around 2:47 p.m., the NWS said they were still experiencing issues and that the problem "may be restored late tonight."

By 3:40 p.m., they found the culprit: an electrocuted raccoon. They ended the hours long saga simply by saying #YesSeriously.

The Rocket City Trash Pandas also joined in the humor of the moment. They tweeted at the NWS, "He was just trying to help!!"

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