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Power restored after outage impacts thousands in Northwest Portland Friday night

An "animal contact" incident knocked out electricity for over 10,000 customers, according to PGE.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Power was restored late Friday night to thousands of Portland General Electric customers in northwest Portland after a mass power outage that lasted nearly six hours.

The outage affected more than 10,000 customers at its peak. PGE said Friday night that the incident was caused by "animal contact" that occurred sometime around 6:30 p.m.

Traffic and street lights were out across much of northwest Portland, turning intersections into four way stops. The outage also forced restaurants and bars to close their doors in the middle of the Friday evening rush.  

Power has returned to most PGE customers as of around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Click here for PGE's power outage map

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