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Hurricane Sandy: Backup generators fail at major New York hospitals
Expert advises that diesel pumps be moved to higher ground, and that data centers in the city consistently test backup systems.
Devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy forced at least two major hospitals and a data center in lower Manhattan to resort to backup generators fueled by diesel for power.
In these cases the backup processes failed.
In two of the outages, bucket brigades were formed to carry diesel fuel up many flights of stairs to feed generators. At the two hospitals, hundreds of people, including patients in critical condition and mothers with newborn babies, had to be evacuated.