- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SURRY, Va. (AP) Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry nuclear power plant could be out of service for several days while workers repair its tornado-damaged electrical switchyard.

Surry Power Station’s reactors automatically shut down Saturday night when a tornado touched down in the station’s switchyard. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the damage interrupted the station’s connections to off-site power from the electrical grid.

The tornado didn’t directly strike the two nuclear units.

The NRC says it discontinued monitoring Tuesday. A review of the incident continues.

Dominion didn’t provide a cost estimate for repairing the damage at the station about 50 miles southeast of Richmond.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that one unit already had been scheduled to shut down Saturday for a regular refueling outage. The other will come back online when switchyard repairs are completed.

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