Browns Ferry shut down due to storms

Tennessee Valley Authority said it would take days or possibly weeks for all of the units at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama to return to service following a series of violent thunderstorms and tornadoes that devastated the area April 27, according to Reuters.

TVA officials said in the article that plant operations will resume after workers repair enough of the transmission lines to allow the power system to once again operate correctly. The reactors shut as designed because of instability on the transmission system.

Units 2 and 3 at Browns Ferry were in cold shutdown mode and Unit 1 was near cold shutdown. It was taking a little longer because circulating water pumps had tripped.

"The reactors will remain shut until we have restored good reliability on the transmission system," TVA spokesman Ray Golden told Reuters.

The tornadoes and thunderstorms killed at least 131 people in Alabama, the article said.

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