AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Energy customers now have 300-plus characters to blame for various power outages. That's according to a recent revelation by Austin Energy.
The public utility company says, every year, over 300 squirrels are to blame for various system outages.
The agency says they are trying to combat the problem in various ways, including installation of pole-topping guards to deter the menacing squirrel population. AE says similar animal deterrents are readily used across the country by other utility companies.
Austin Energy says the problem occurs when a squirrel is touching a power line along with other pieces of equipment, creating a "phase to ground surge."
Behind storm related outages, squirrels are the biggest contributor to power outages for utility companies across the country where significant tree canopy exists.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …