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Weaker, but still dangerous, Irene came ashore with top sustained winds of 85 mph and began its trek up the Atlantic Seaboard. Forecasters expect Irene to bring deadly storm surge, heavy rain and misery to millions.
Twelve nuclear power plants along the Eastern Seaboard are getting ready to shut down operations in the event that Hurricane Irene makes conditions too dangerous.
The stations, located in nine different states, operate a combined 20 nuclear reactors,
The federal government requires plants to shut down operations 12 hours before hurricane conditions — sustained winds above 75mph — are due to hit, but flooding and debris can present operating problems even when high winds are not a factor.
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
That's kind of how I have felt over this entire issue. Maybe I am not as informed as I should be, but I have never heard of any natural disaster causing the entire Eastern seaboard to shut down!
NYC closing its public transportation and a friend of mine said that the streets were dead last night. This whole thing seems odd.
Maybe this is a way to funnel more money away from the people, or a way to tip the economy past the point of no return?