With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, state and local governments are scrambling to coordinate emergency responses with federal officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center director Dr. Rick Knabb held a conference call this afternoon about what comes next. WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is preparing for Hurricane Sandy. North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Entergy Vermont Yankee Spokesman Rob Williams about how the plant is shoring up for the storm.
Plants receiving NRC enhanced oversight during the storm include Indian Point and Millstone. NRC Region One Spokesperson Diane Screnci says that means they have sent at least an additional inspector to the plant.
Vermont Yankee has been in contact with the Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety regarding its hurricane plans.
On this edition of Vox Pop, special coverage of Hurricane Sandy as it moves through the region. WAMC's Ray Graf and Alan Chartock host with appearances by local officials on the ground in affected areas.
The Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts is being buffeted by powerful winds from Hurricane Sandy. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has the latest on the storm’s impact.
Weather forecasts say this area can expect sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts to 60 miles per hour. The winds began to intensify in Springfield shortly after noon. Bob Hassett, the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the city of Springfield warned this would not be a quick moving storm.