Hurricane Irma may cause problems for East Coast energy infrastructure

9 Sep 2017   USA

Energy Infrastructure with Real-Time Storm Information Hurricane Irma, one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, caused significant damage to the northeastern Caribbean and is currently projected to make landfall this weekend. Current model forecasts project that Hurricane Irma will then pass along or just offshore the east coast of Florida, although the actual storm track could change from current projections. To help analysts assess potential energy-related storm effects, EIA maintains an energy disruptions map that displays energy infrastructure and real-time storm information. Hurricane Irma initially made landfall in the Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of more than 185 miles per hour, which made it the second-largest hurricane ever recorded and tied it with the 1935 Florida Keys hurricane as the largest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall. In advance of the storm, states of emergency were declared […]

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