“Never Seen Anything Like This”: Hurricane Sandy begins merging with polar air mass, threatens US East Coast — Over a dozen nuclear plants brace for impacts (VIDEO & MAP)

Published: October 27th, 2012 at 2:00 am ET



Title: Nuclear Regulatory Commission watches reactors in Frankenstorm’s path
Source: Bloomberg News
Date: October 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Nuclear reactors in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are being monitored for potential impacts by Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 storm that may strike anywhere from Delaware to southern New England.

“Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.” […]

Nuclear plants in the projected path of the hurricane include North Anna and Surry in Virginia, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey, Indian Point in New York and Millstone in Connecticut [and Pilgrim in Plymouth, MA]. The NRC is considering enhancing inspector coverage of these reactors, Sheehan said in an e-mail today. […]

Reuters: Sandy, dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by one government forecaster, has begun merging with a polar air mass over the eastern United States, potentially spawning a hybrid super-storm that could wreak havoc along the U.S. East Coast.

Title: Sandy: Serious As a Heart Attack
Source: Bryan Norcross, Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel
Date: 4:05 AM GMT on October 27, 2012

[…] the polar jet stream takes over and re-energizes the storm increasing the winds and growing the size. […]

[…] the best computer forecast models independently insist that this is what’s going to happen… and the not-so-reliable ones say the same thing. So, beginning immediately, it comes down to figuring out how to deal with it. […]

Then there’s the wind which is expected to be MUCH higher than Irene at the skyscraper level. […]

It’s hard to imagine how millions of people are not going to be without power for an extended period of time.

[…] The best guess right now is that the peak winds will come in overnight Monday night… near high tide and under a full, flooding moon. A triple whammy. […]

Watch the most current satellite loop from NOAA here

Published: October 27th, 2012 at 2:00 am ET


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30 comments to “Never Seen Anything Like This”: Hurricane Sandy begins merging with polar air mass, threatens US East Coast — Over a dozen nuclear plants brace for impacts (VIDEO & MAP)

  • nedlifromvermont

    Guess Mother Nature's been feeling left out … with all the Romney-Obamney palaver …

    Nothing like an extended loss of off-site power to focus the minds of all the little Josef Mengeles running our sub-standard, GE-made-and-designed-to-fail Boiling Water Death Machines …

    … where the safety and sacred property of millions upon millions, for essentially ever, hangs by the thin thread of seldom-used, bargain basement, back-up diesel generators … to safely shut down, and to stay shut down …

    … Who wants a bet?? I'll put five dollars on these Frankenfools to run these things at full power until the telephone poles are flying at the highly exposed, spent fuel (fool) pools, which they are decidedly not designed to deflect or withstand (I know I know they said they were, but face it folks … 'We the Sheeple' get lied to a lot) …

    … And all the "Inspectors" can do is lap up their humble pie, because they are government fops, not the bare-breasted, modern American corporate capitalist superhero types who actually run these monsters for their cost-cutting, criminal pay masters, such as Entergy or Exelon or whatever other lying, cheating, power-crazed dictatorial "People" (corporations) who actually own these outlandish, should-never-have-been-allowed-to-be-built, 'Assets' …

    … Is this a great country, or What?

    United Sates Empire of Cancer … Wha-hoo!!

    Anybody need a little money? Liquor? Cancer? We got you covered!!!

    .. peace ..

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      You SO nailed it again, nedli, I'm a fan of your rants!!
      Fingers crossed from over here!

      I wonder if we have a 'newser living near one of the beasts being possibly affected?

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      clap clap clap, standing ovation, clap clap… thank you nedinvermont!

    • amberlight amberlight

      NedlifromVermont, they should give you a weekly three minute slot on radio, like Jim Hightower gets with the "Hightower Lowdown." Telling Truth to Power in less time that it takes for a nuclear meltdown…

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I know I can't believe I live in PA within 100 miles of not 1 but 5 nuclear power plants. I would move if I could but where can you go anymore?

    • CBuck CBuck

      Moonshelle, I left PA a year ago this month, I was in Douglassville…just a few miles away from the Limerick plant, I worked literally a few hundred yards from it for a while. That thing used to scare me to death.
      I hope all goes well with you, there are so many plants around that area.

  • [in Maryland] Constellation Nuclear is owned by units of Exelon and FRENCH power company EDF Group.

    All Nuclear Plants are insane.
    Allowing another country to OWN and make PROFIT from this really irks me.

    The Nuclear Plants in the storm's primary path are located in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.


    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Zoom in on the east coast in the NPP map below and see the plant locations, and the past and present safety issues compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The biggest safety issue, of power failure and cooling-loss disaster, is not on the list:


    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Like Arnie says you can't run and you can't hide. NO NUKES.

      • lam335 lam335

        Arnie also says that sandbags and nuclear power plants don't belong in the same sentence…

        … the same applies to hurricane-induced ocean surges and extended power outages.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          I know I just can't believe we are in the bulls eye of this storm but maybe the forecasters are wrong? I hope so. I've got my PI tablets like that's going to do a lot of good with TMI about 30 miles away. I do hope the nuke plants are prepared for all those concerned.

        • amberlight amberlight

          Newspapers, sawdust and disposable diaper gel don't belong in the same PARAGRAPH with nuclear power plant, let alone the same sentence—yet that's what they were using to plug cracks at Daiichi after the earthquake/tsunami double whammy. Come to think of it, newspapers, sawdust & diapers don't belong in the same sentence with earthquake or tsunami!

  • arclight arclight

    heres a list of the nuclear power plants involved with some details


    oh and concerning calvert cliffs in maryland

    Supervisor at Calvert Cliffs confirmed positive for alcohol during fitness for duty test 26 Oct 12 http://enformable.com/2012/10/supervisor-at-calvert-cliffs-confirmed-positive-for-alcohol-during-fitness-for-duty-test/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    nice to see the nuclear industry in such fine "spirits" 🙁
    prepared ?…

    • arclight arclight

      some links and interactive maps here..

      Nuclear Fallout – Map of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants dispertion projections – Super storm in USA

      Calvert Cliffs – Lusby, MD (due to hurricane)
      North Anna – Louisa, VA (due to earthquake)
      Ft Calhoun – Ft Calhoun, NE (due to flooding)
      Browns Ferry – Athens, AL (due to tornado)
      Surry – Surry, VA (due to tornado)
      There are 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. If one of them lost both primary and backup power for even a matter of hours, it could lead to a meltdown and an airborne radioactive plume. See what could have happened if a reactor in your area had a severe nuclear accident on March 11, 2011.


  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Solar flares ; Who needs 'em?

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    We'll take our chances sheltering in place right here in desert cities CA, with 2" annual rain in our area. We do think 'batteries' and 'nuclear cooling ponds' in the same sentence are grammatically incorrect:

    "Beyond Nuclear…submitted emergency action requests to an NRC safety review panel regarding safety concerns at all 23 General Electric Mark I Boiling Water reactors in the United States.
    These reactors are the same model as the ones that exploded at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan.

    Individual GE Mark 1 storage pools in the United States, as at Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim near Boston, and Fermi 2 near Detroit, hold more high-level radioactive waste than all four failed units at Fukushima Daiichi put together, says Kamps.

    The petitioners argue that alternating current from generators and direct current from battery banks should be installed to cool densely-packed high-level radioactive waste cooling ponds that sit six to 10 stories up in the Mark I reactor buildings.

    Fermi 2 in Monroe, Michigan is the largest Fukushima Daiichi identical twin reactor in the world, and without electricity the storage pool will begin boiling away within four hours and twelve minutes, according to Detroit Edison documents,” said Kamps. “The potentially catastrophic reactor and radioactive waste risks at Fermi 2 could harm the entire Great Lakes and beyond.”

    Environment News Service (http://s.tt/1oI3W)

  • confilid

    I've been reading ENEnews since shortly after the Fukushima meltdown first occured.. This is my first post here. Living in Canada, I find it especially hard to find any relevant information about nuclear power, as well as anybody who really cares to hear about what is actually going on.. My praise and kudos to ENEnews and all those involved in fighting for every one of us. The Nuclear Media Blackout in Canada is very strong.. nobody ever talks about it, who knows if anybody ever thinks about it.. sometimes this website is the only place that can keep you convinced that you're still sane in an insane world.

    I don't live on the west coast, but I do live in BC, and for a year and a half now I haven't been able to enjoy the rain like I used to..

    Reading the story about Hurricane Sandy made me wonder how many Canadian Nuclear Facilities are in danger from this storm. I can't find any information on the topic. Everything I find only mentions the sixteen-or-so American plants at risk. Not a word about nuclear plants in Ontario, or Uranium enrichment facilities, or medical isotope facilities.. This concerns me.

  • Au Au


    The latest update. "Never before seen.. the storm takes a hard left…"

    Gee, I wonder how it does that.

    If I lived where it is magically taking a "hard left", I'd be pissed.

  • alasanon

    Yes, Here in VA/DC it does seem more than a little surreal. We've also been named an "epicenter" of the 2012 U.S. Election!!… I'm sure it will impact voter turnout, accuracy of records, and the functionality of some voting machines… When Hurricane Irene hit this past fall, our traffic lights were down for days in VA…Not good for transportation to the Polls!
    So far the weather has been very pleasant here–you'd never know! 🙁

  • arclight arclight

    Greenpeace: US tried to cover-up effects of BP’s Gulf oil spill _Real cost for BP 50 billion Dollars?

    "After the decomposed carcass was discovered, U.S. officials gave strict instructions to the crew aboard the vessels that no information or photographs were to be released. NOAA did later issue a press release about the dead whale, though it was soon edited in such a way that it appeared to minimize the oil’s effect on whales."

    “We believe a full throated debate over the settlement amount needs to happen before any deal is done,” said John Kostyack, a vice president at the National Wildlife Federation, who estimates BP’s potential liability at more than $50 billion."


  • Good luck everyone –especially along the east coast.

    It might be tough getting to your polling station, but try to vote –for the only candidate who wants to phase out nuclear power:

    > http://www.jillstein.org/after_fukushima