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Approximately 3,500 Entergy customers without power in Orleans and Jefferson parishes

5,000 Entergy customers lost power early Friday morning.  Temperatures were near freezing. (entergy.com) 5,000 Entergy customers lost power early Friday morning. Temperatures were near freezing. (entergy.com)

At least 5,000 people were without power in an area stretching from Uptown New Orleans to the river bend and into Jefferson Parish.

An Entergy spokesperson said power went out around 3:30 a.m.  A witness told FOX 8 he saw a large flash of light just before the outage.

Crews say a dead raccoon in a substation caused the problem.  Nearly 3,500 people were without power as of 6:30 a.m.  Entergy says their power should be restored by 8 a.m.

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