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Nuclear Plant Well Prepared for Hurricane

September 07, 1996|Associated Press

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Nuclear engineers learned a lesson from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, when Florida's Turkey Point plant was splitting atoms even as hurricane-force winds battered its towers.

The Brunswick Nuclear Power plant on the Cape Fear River began cooling down 16 hours before Fran's center reached the plant Thursday.

By Friday, it was clear the twin reactors emerged unscathed and Fran caused only minor damage to the office buildings.

"We took a lot of the lessons of Andrew and incorporated them here," said Bill Levis, director of operations at the Carolina Power & Light Co. plant.

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