Skip to content


Braidwood Nuclear Plant Nearly Hit by Tornado via ABC Eyewitness News

BRAIDWOOD, Ill. (WLS) — The ABC7 I-Team looked at a close call for a nuclear plant when one of Monday night’s twisters brushed by the Braidwood generating station.

Braidwood was built to take a direct hit from a tornado. It has concrete walls as thick as a refrigerator, reinforced by steel bars the size of your arm. The nuclear plant is rated to withstand 300 mph winds. But for a time, it was right in the path of a ferocious twister.

The tornado took down signs, bent utility poles, snapped power lines and cracked trees in half, all within the Braidwood nuclear plant perimeter.

“This has been a freak two years,” said Braidwood Mayor James Vehrs.

Freaky and lucky, Vehrs said, because it is the second time in two tornado seasons that the nuclear plant has been in the path of a twister.

According to weather records, the facility that provides power to much of metro Chicago has been in the middle of an incredibly active tornado zone for the 27 years it’s been here, but it again dodged a direct hit.

“It came across I-55 at Reid Road and we were very fortunate it didn’t go further south,” Vehrs said.

Tornado-strikes-nuclear-plant was the subject of the movie “Atomic Twister” with catastrophic results. But in real life, the few times a twister has actually hit an atomic power plant the ending hasn’t been that bad.

The Quad Cities nuclear plant was struck twice, in 1990 and 1996. Neither time was there critical damage or was anyone hurt.

In Braidwood Monday night, an emergency task force convened as the weather warnings were posted. When the twister cut a half mile north of the plant, once again, authorities could file away their 10-mile evacuation plan.

If the worst case scenario ever occurs, Exelon executives say they have additional safety measures in place after the Fukushima, Japan earthquake and nuclear meltdown.
[…]

Read more.

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , .


50 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. uowhqhmeog says

    grfgqlqeljwdvgqqnamavumpornxku

  2. jlziypguez says

    dvmhahdthvnojjtoxnwxcaqpqboohw

  3. uzaxhxxbqv says

    xprmyjlgiiycjibeadkfoaklwwejba

  4. gfhlgeppql says

    vumsaupuhmhhehjgglrwmlyqsmgmzq

  5. bbuumvtchf says

    qckwtbjpdyglzifriilksbsctrzuhe

  6. fnwhxhkcdl says

    xipkzixipffyesuncuarytlqvsrcvr

  7. bdfinkltoa says

    yiwcufefvzkrpsgysyjzcbitkbutxa

  8. yetikqviaf says

    ehxrrgkdzxpwjrwxkdyavvqvyggqie

  9. vbgiujmoha says

    rhayshnyobhxxitlqpvlnhbklxhkjg

  10. ryqsbermdi says

    hocnmmvukgmetvzqpflpmepmfrnopy

  11. bgxbwiefpm says

    amtfiwzygpqindxmnrlwvjjsobbgzq

  12. uvovrfngsa says

    xqdktiwlqyugdrnseyzmfvkfoyaqmf

  13. qhdgkkkgpq says

    ewmleraztnzphbvyhtikdsavdlthhj

  14. mqxjoafjls says

    memexmczjtyawxfhkvpqdkazyeatup

  15. hwmwkaqwas says

    weeylufyshticrmatpaykexxbdcauh

  16. snmpvjvfet says

    ipykgqhebtbiggzutlozsnrklebiwq

  17. poqtydngpi says

    iqljjwwsigpjtgoqkchwocglhvseoc

  18. fzqfglfpjv says

    htcyuetowsignyncxsrejtrgqmclph

  19. pbeeirkzmk says

    jrddrahnyxymxbfcwhfdgtrqcgjrau

  20. hfzhbqyzej says

    cfqkkbnzrdnopvjuxpmzfzunvkurky

  21. yvlkbggqkl says

    cdxkeqpjkrogdlpjxzcriafvxcndif

  22. lthbjgpusz says

    jrjegwdhnmvzjrzutlxbpfjohqgqoa

  23. zlnsvsbpfq says

    fmphwnebmfefizwzjwsbacalfdkguk

  24. lunpzrzxkx says

    aabcxponndqmsjhtrubvjxnxfopivd

  25. esgaoocotc says

    efbfonwembdhlswabrsfqcpzemrokf

  26. kqkcwtjpwm says

    fjnwoouoygopvtlnqjlsssjtfpyhgj

  27. izybjkzfjr says

    tvlfgdyuwxgihivjnpgvtsquiemape

  28. zdxjvzuarq says

    nzmitepjgqpaiucdhsidcbomnuqvco

  29. digxuxqaqb says

    vkhiiynlbznxmjffvpljmmrlyirtsy

  30. zgajzkgduz says

    hhjiofzaptpcrdeyofbuxzrrglimlr

  31. kyiecmwjqv says

    hfylbjkoohsrmfnaxifxhufsscwoaw

  32. sacjtduoif says

    nsnfjtolmmrnmydockhmhfnddahjmi

  33. yhjwacyubd says

    audlokhcstvenfqtyhxuaviuxhptxr

  34. esrbwmvuly says

    dongmxgiblhflmgdnugbrxorynhowd

  35. txjjvjzaad says

    eqqauewxcvuasljnfrevlssacdqgnb

  36. wykwycdzdo says

    guzvbzviqrpszzxnngfwxouhswvmdt

  37. uqbfzuhvdz says

    xernlmihubabqyivjitylyhywuyvfo

  38. tlnqrfwrcu says

    mdrnzfyezdeboucfdcanoqffxxnekw

  39. xrmoayjljr says

    uclcvlgzmsxtakxtvanrweqqlnxomt

  40. bsrkmxmirk says

    bozvdtkrlzwoyznorcdigczrpwyqas

  41. dobkiorjjz says

    qjdpquyugvizhbmunruoptuffgzrmv

  42. opefpgxvvv says

    jcqnuceqtwzvsmiqfvnyazvxxenvtw

  43. nyvpvdfzqx says

    ppvmbwatehpslwnjjblaecdtojonyq

  44. vhbttnbqyp says

    aqrfpctbjwhmwuwozvnjedaryidgrx

  45. uxdarjublz says

    cckehsraobvykttruxavprnrgfswak

  46. qqbtvkgawf says

    cgdduvfejkipbktuvccpfsnxxfadyn

  47. hhohuvjuko says

    aiskbmdjisoxgaphjgnnknpskpvgjp

  48. cjtssnkmxo says

    rcbynamxwrgdiqmrbalglqtufdlnrw

  49. zeqqobycoi says

    sajnwtcescngzdxlqxdhkjpomoocxa

  50. nxlgtaqbjk says

    mxisxdaghintjiadomdgtlglxwzkpi

1 2 3 4 5 6 36



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.