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Minimal storm impact seen at NASA's Va. facility

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 3:40am  ET

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says initial assessments indicate minimal impacts at its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore following superstorm Sandy.

The federal space agency says a team surveyed roads and facilities on Tuesday and only reported a number of downed trees. At the peak of the storm, wind gusts topped out around 75 miles per hour and sustained winds of around 60 miles per hour.

A recently completed beach replenishment project is being credited for minimizing the impact to critical launch facilities.

Officials say while initial assessments look good, additional facility, road and beach inspections will continue in the following days.

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