Are There Nuclear Reactors in Hurricane Irene's Path?
Yes, There Are Nuclear Reactors along Hurricane Irene's Projected Path
The coastal reactors are in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is less than 40 miles from Manhattan; that's probably part of a larger conversation about where one should build nuclear reactors..
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Can Hurricane Irene Damage a Nuclear Power Plant?
All of these nuclear power plants are built to sustain higher winds than Hurricane Irene is expected to deliver, and all have backup generators. According to the AP, some of these reactors will be shut down just in case.
The reactors themselves are not particularly susceptible to wind, as they are protected by reinforced concrete. However, supporting infrastructure, such as power lines, can indeed be damaged by hurricane winds.
Realistically, the chances of Hurricane Irene damaging a nuclear power plant are very slim. However, after Fukushima Daiichi, energy companies are not generally in the mood to take chances with acts of nature.