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The electric and refining sectors are making preparations to minimize any potential outages from the possibility of ruinous flooding—fueled in part by the approach of Hurricane Joaquin—over the weekend. The hurricane is expected to miss the East Coast, but the Energy Information Administration says energy infrastructure may still be at risk.
In a Friday analysis, EIA warned that high winds, flooding and heavy rains could take a toll on power transmission and refining capabilities as Joaquin's impact couples with a storm system already stalled over much of the eastern seaboard. The National Hurricane Center anticipates heavy rain and flooding along the East Coast even though Joaquin looks to be taking a track significantly offshore.
“Portions of 11 states along the East Coast have already experienced heavy rainfall and, in some cases, flooding prior to Hurricane Joaquin, all from an on-land storm system moving through the region,” EIA said. “Hurricane Joaquin could amplify these effects, even if the storm does not make landfall.”
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