Comparing the Impacts of Northeast Hurricanes on Energy Infrastructure

US Dept. of Energy

Two major hurricanes, Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012, have impacted the Northeastern United States over the past 2 years, devastating coastal communities and causing widespread impacts to the region’s energy infrastructure, supply, and markets. Although Sandy was weaker than Irene at landfall, Sandy brought tropical storm conditions to a larger area of the East Coast, and blizzard conditions as far west as the Central and Southern Appalachians. Ultimately, Sandy had a larger and longer-lasting impact on the region’s energy infrastructure and supply than Irene, and these impacts necessitated a greater response from Federal, State, and local governments.

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