The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 39 people in nine states, cut power to more than 8.2 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Maine, caused scares at two nuclear power plants... "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."
Sitting on the dangerous northeast wall of the storm, the New York metropolitan area got the worst of it. An unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of seawater -- three feet above the previous record -- gushed into the harbor, flooding city streets and subway stations. The Brooklyn-Battery and Queens Midtown Tunnels were flooded.
A breach of the embankment wall surrounding the twin reactors is potentially a very serious problem because the water could "cause high-energy electrical fires and other cascading events initiating a severe accident leading to core damage." Even worse, "any significant loss of cooling water inventory in the Main Cooling Reservoir would reduce cooling capacity to the still operating reactors that could result in a meltdown."