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Comparing the Impacts of Northeast Hurricanes on Energy Infrastructure (April 2013)

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.