Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

Nuke Plant in Rita's Path to Shut Down

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An enormous nuclear power plant, the South Texas Project, is in the path of Hurricane Rita. The plant is located in Matagorda County, between Bay City and Palacios. STP's two reactors produce 2,500 megawatts of electricity, enough for more than one million homes and businesses. Plant spokesperson Sheila Ormand says that the plant is equipped to handle winds up to 300 MPH, and so does not anticipate any damage from the storm. Nevertheless, officials are shutting down the plant.

STP is a major power source in the south Texas area, and if power lines to the plant are cut, outages will be extensive along a two hundred and fifty mile corridor from San Antonio to Houston, including both of these cities and the state capital, Austin.

Large areas of development south of Houston are low-lying and could be subject to extensive flooding. In addition, wind damage where the hurricane makes landfall is likely to be tremendous.

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