Our nuclear power plants are designed and built to operate safely in all kinds of conditions. Our plants have been specifically built to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and tidal surge.
Our nuclear plants and containment buildings have steel-reinforced concrete outer walls that are at least three feet thick as well as multiple additional concrete barriers inside. The reactor vessel itself is built of steel. Multiple safety systems with back-ups are in place for additional protection.
Redundant safety systems built into the plant design include:
FPL's Turkey Point nuclear power plant withstood the direct impact of Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with no damage to its nuclear systems.
FPL's St. Lucie nuclear power plant safely withstood Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne and Category 2 Hurricane Frances in rapid succession in 2004 with no damage to its nuclear systems.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted a state-of-the-art computer modeling study on the impact of a Boeing 767 crash, and concluded that typical nuclear plant containment structures -- as well as used-fuel storage pools and steel and concrete fuel-storage containers -- would withstand the impact.