10/29/2012 09:55 am ET Updated Dec 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Nuclear Power Plants Likely To Be Shut Down In Mid-Atlantic

* PSEG Salem and Hope Creek reactors likely to shut
* Reactors in Pennsylvania and Maryland could shut

By Scott DiSavino
Oct 29 (Reuters) - Hurricane Sandy could shut a few nuclear
power reactors in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic before making landfall
Monday night.
The storm, centered over the Atlantic Ocean about 310 miles
(505 km) southeast of New York City, was expected to hit near
Delaware and south New Jersey in about 12 hours as a Category 1
hurricane with winds of up to 90 miles per hour (144 kph).
The nuclear reactors in Sandy's current path include units
at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc's 2,332-megawatt
(MW) Salem and 1,161-MW Hope Creek plants, which were likely to
bear the brunt of the storm before it moves inland.
Sandy was expected to lose some punch as she moves over
Pennsylvania and Maryland, crossing near Constellation Nuclear
Energy Group's 1,705-MW Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in
Maryland, Exelon Corp's 2,244-MW Peach Bottom, 805-MW
Three Mile Island and 2,264-MW Limerick in Pennsylvania, and PPL
Corp's 2,450-MW Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.
Electricity traders said if Sandy continues on her expected
path it was likely PSEG would have to shut the Salem and Hope
Creek reactors later Monday, but they were mixed on whether the
storm's winds would still be strong enough to force the shutdown
of the Pennsylvania and Maryland reactors.
All U.S. reactors have procedures that require operators to
shut the units before hurricane-force winds reach their sites or
when floodwaters reach certain levels.
A few reactors in the area were already shut for refueling
or other maintenance, including Exelon's Oyster Creek in New
Jersey, PSEG's Salem 2 in New Jersey, and PPL's Susquehanna in
A spokesman at PSEG said only essential personnel were
required to report to the Salem and Hope Creek site on Monday.
Both Salem Unit 1 and Hope Creek were at full power Monday
morning and the refueling work on Salem Unit 2 was suspended by
6 p.m. EDT Sunday, PSEG spokesman Joe Delmar told Reuters.



Hurricane Sandy

11/04/2012 12:26 AM EDT

PHOTO: A Marathon Wedding Proposal, Minus The Marathon

HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

Like all the competitors who trained for the 2012 NYC Marathon, Hannah Vahaba will not be running the race this year. But she also will never forget her moment at the finish line. After traveling in from Atlanta, Vahaba picked up a marriage proposal in Central Park on Saturday without having to traverse the 26.2-mile course.

"This is my fiance," said Vahaba, 31, who had tears running down her face as she stood in Central Park where the race would have ended, just moments after Martin O'Donoghue had proposed.

marriage proposal cancelled nyc marathon

Photo by Damon Scheleur

Read the full story here.

11/04/2012 12:25 AM EDT

Check Donation Lists

Be sure to check donation lists to see what items are needed. For example, at one Staten Island donation center, there is a critical need for batteries batteries batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Clothing isn't needed as much at that center.

-Catharine Smith, HuffPost

11/03/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Brooklyn Regions Still Lack Electricity, Heat and Water Days After Storm

HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 48 people in New York when it battered the Northeast last week, frustrated residents in this corner of South Brooklyn are coping without electricity, heat and running water.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 10:18 PM EDT

On Long Island, Cuomo demands Accountability from Utilities

Huntington Patch reports:

At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.

LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.

"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."

"The customers are not happy. The bill payers are not happy and the people without power are not happy," Cuomo said. "People are suffering. It is an issue of safety and if the utilities were not prepared we will hold them accountable."

Read the full story on Huntington Patch.

11/03/2012 9:38 PM EDT

Gasoline Shortage Likely To Last For Several More Days

Even as power returns to parts of the region assailed by Hurricane Sandy, millions of drivers seeking gasoline appear likely to face at least several more days of persistent shortages.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 8:50 PM EDT

Behind @ConEdison: The 27 Year-Old Preventing Panic, One Tweet At A Time

HuffPost's Bianca Bosker:

On Saturday, 27-year-old Kate Frasca was manning Con Edison’s Twitter account, @ConEdison, responding to customers’ frustrations, questions, praise and criticism at an average clip of one tweet every six minutes.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 8:35 PM EDT

Estimate Says 600 Million Gallons Of Water Hit Mass Transit System


Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system... http://t.co/5jMXDhRc

11/03/2012 8:15 PM EDT

$12 Million Donated So Far To NYC Mayor's Fund For Recovery

@ MikeBloomberg :

If you would like to donate: visit http://t.co/9w8egqxD So far $12 million has been contributed. 100% of funds go to #Recovery efforts.

11/03/2012 7:52 PM EDT

Don't Touch Downed Power Lines

@ usNWSgov :

Post #Sandy reminders: never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Washing your hands prevents illness. #NWS #CDC

11/03/2012 7:17 PM EDT

Volunteers Arrive In Staten Island

@ NYCMayorsOffice :

Volunteers Descend on Staten Island Neighborhood http://t.co/9aP3ggJN