Mother Nature strikes back: Nuclear plants knocked off-line by tornadoes in 2nd incident in a week

April 28, 2011NASHVILLE, TN – Severe storms and tornadoes moving through the Southeast dealt a severe blow to the Tennessee Valley Authority on Wednesday, causing three nuclear reactors in Alabama to shut and knocking out 11 high-voltage power lines, the utility and regulators said. All three units at TVA’s 3,274-megawatt Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama tripped about 5:30 EDT (2230 GMT) after losing outside power to the plant, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency said. A TVA spokeswoman said the plant’s output had reduced power earlier due to transmission line damage from a line of severe storms that spawned a number of tornadoes as it moved through Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. The NRC spokesman said early information indicated the units shut normally and the plant’s diesel generators started up to supply power for the plant’s safety system. The government owned corporation said crews were working to restore service, but more severe weather was forecast, TVA said in a release. Most of the damage so far has occurred in the western part of TVA’s service territory in Mississippi, Alabama and western Tennessee and Kentucky. Cullman Electric Cooperative in Cullman, Alabama, is the only power company directly affected by TVA’s transmission outage, TVA said in a statement. Rainfall amounts between four and seven inches have fallen since Tuesday in the area. Eight of the nine dams on the Tennessee River were generating at full power to move water through the river system to help control flooding, TVA said. Details of the transmission outages and co-op power outages were immediately available. –Reuters
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15 Responses to Mother Nature strikes back: Nuclear plants knocked off-line by tornadoes in 2nd incident in a week

  1. Lorraine Ridge says:

    Personally, ,I am beginning to thing that Mother Nature is trying to send us a message about nuclear power plants. Fukishima was the first brick dropped on our heads. Fukishima was a BIG brick and those bricks thrown at our heads are going to definitely get BIGGER yet! That makes 3 nuclear power plants in less than a week to have had some sort of operating problem in the United States.


    • I concur Lorraine. We dig this mineral out of the ground; refine it as the world’s most toxic substance and then bury the waste back into the Earth and in the meantime, deplete all our fresh water supplies in the process to keep these reactors cool and from going into meltdown. We flirting with death to sustain life. This is not a natural equation. One day the insanity of our science will become readily apparent.


      • Jamie says:

        A highly unstable and volatile species ( with emotional and spiritual deficiencies ), in their arrogance and limited wisdom, believes they have the ability to control a radioactive and highly unstable isotope….

        I can see how this became a reality.


    • Brittany says:

      in one of the quatrains of Nostradamus it talks about red hail, which some believe could be nuclear rain…


  2. K says:

    Also an Ohio nuclear plant had high radiation levels today not good not good at all what if a big quake happens in the US it does worry me I’m anti-nuclear anyway it’s too dangerous

    God Bless

    As always thanks for your site Alvin


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  4. Gerald Shankar says:

    It is one hell of a way to boil some water. Wow what a cost we pay when it all goes wrong!


  5. Lorraine Ridge says:

    Another item that I would like to add is that today I watched two shows, Aftermath, If the World Stopped Spinning and Aftermath, If the Sun Went Supernova. Neither of these documentaries took into consideration of nuclear power plants going Fukishima. Both had scenarios of water either shifting, leaving much of the planet dry; the other, of course the water evaporating. Nuclear power plants MUST have water to operate.


  6. Bundy says:

    The IRONY of this is unbelievable, the power plants make the electricity, but when the electricity stops running,the plants are in risk of a nuclear disaster!!! Unreal !!! And Chernobyl is leaking radiation again, and isn’t going to be resealed until 2015.


  7. katesisco says:

    Thanks, better than tv news; thought provoking. Wonder if Obama’s order for the TVA to go to dry storage at coal fired plants has been implemented yet? Those slag ponds are just crisis in waiting.


  8. It is just going to be a matter of time before the next nuclear plant will get in trouble, and with it a few million people.

    Stop building nuclear plants, they are not worth the risk. All I have to say about this.


  9. Anna says:

    they all need to go, shut them all down like yesterday, this summer will not be a good one !


  10. Janine says:

    Hello, I am heavily anti-nuclear.

    Also here in the UK, we have heard we have had nuclear leakages and reactor problems as well (from leaked government documents) Why not shut down the reactors once and for all. I hate nuclear anyways and some people think “nuclear” is safe. Nah!

    Go Team Nature!!! 😉


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