As Irma approaches nuclear plants in Florida, lessons from Andrew resonate

Advance warning favors preparedness, but 1992 hurricane still ran up $90 million bill.

“But just because the important parts of the plant weren’t compromised doesn’t mean there wasn’t damage. The NRC report states that the hurricane “caused extensive onsite and offsite damage” at Turkey Point, which ultimately cost $90 million to repair. Power from the grid to the plant was down for five days, and the facility suffered a “complete loss of communication systems.” There was also “damage to the fire protection and security systems and warehouse facilities.”

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