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    Hurricane Florence's catastrophic path includes 'at-risk' nuclear power plants

    Hurricane Florence's potentially catastrophic path includes 'at-risk' nuclear power plants

    By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News



    Florence expected to slow down, scrape along Carolina coast

    The Category 4 hurricane remains strong as it continues its approach to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory.


    Two at-risk nuclear power plants – one with the same design as the Fukushima plant – are in the center of Hurricane Florence’s path of destruction when it makes landfall later this week.
    The potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane is barreling its way across the Atlantic and has set its eye on the Carolina coast and Mid-Atlantic region – bringing with it 130 mph winds and upwards of 40 inches of rainfall in some areas.
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    Tracking Tropical Storm Florence's path

    The storm will pass directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
    HURRICANE FLORENCE'S PATH: TRACK THE STORM HERE
    It’s predicted to directly pass over the Brunswick Nuclear Plant – about 30 miles south of Wilmington – as well as the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, a town farther inland.
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    #HurricaneFlorence
    - Infrastructure Concerns:
    •At least 6 nuclear plants at risk
    •9 primary steel mills in storm path
    •EPA monitoring 9 toxic waste cleanup sites near Carolinas
    •Flooding concerns w/ hog manure pits, coal ash dumps
    → Duke Energy operates 24+ coal ash pits

    8:16 AM - Sep 12, 2018



    The Brunswick plant's two reactors are of the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation following a 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami.
    Following that disaster, federal regulators required all U.S. nuclear plants to perform upgrades to better withstand earthquakes and flooding.
    ‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ HURRICANE FLORENCE TO BE A ‘MIKE TYSON PUNCH TO CAROLINA COAST’
    According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there are 12 nuclear plants in the Carolinas that make electricity for the region. These plants generally reside near a body of water because they require a constant water source for cooling purposes.

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    Pictures: Preparations for Hurricane Florence


    The commission on Wednesday said it's sending additional inspectors to plants in North and South Carolina and is activating its regional incident response center in Atlanta, to provide around-the-clock staff support during the storm.
    Forecasters predict Florence will dump upwards of 40 inches of rainfall in isolated areas in the Carolinas and anywhere between 6 to 12 inches in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic regions.


    The Brunswick plant's two reactors are of the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation following a 2011 maginitude-9 earthquake and tsunami. (Google Maps)


    “This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding,” the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday in its 11 a.m. ET advisory.
    Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said earlier this week that operators of the two plants would begin shutting down the plants at least two hours before Florence’s hurricane-force winds arrive.
    HURRICANE FLORENCE COULD BRING CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGES: WHAT ARE THEY, AND HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?
    He told Reuters on Tuesday that both power plants are bracing themselves for the hurricane by sweeping the site for any loose material that could get ripped off by high winds. They also have prepared their backup diesel generators to make sure the plants have enough fuel to keep producing power.



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    This morning, a high definition camera outside of the @Space_Station captured a stark and sobering view of #HurricaneFlorence as it churned across the Atlantic with winds of 130 miles an hour. Take a closer look: https://youtu.be/weoWlAs4Dr4

    6:33 AM - Sep 12, 2018


    "They were safe then. They are even safer now," said Kathryn Green, a Duke spokeswoman, referring to the post-Fukushima improvements. "We have backups for backups for backups."
    As of 11 a.m. Hurricane Florence was about 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
    HURRICANE FLORENCE EMERGENCY CONTACTS TO NOTE AS 'EXTREMELY DANGEROUS' STORM HITS EAST COAST
    Steve Goldstein, FEMA's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration liaison, said Wednesday that Florence is forecast to stall once it hits landfall before turning slightly south and heading down the Carolina coast. More than 5.4 million people are in the hurricane's path.
    President Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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    I did not realize that the Brunswick nuclear plant in Southport, NC was the same design as the plant at Fukishima.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    I did not realize that the Brunswick nuclear plant in Southport, NC was the same design as the plant at Fukishima.
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    CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud reported the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the water to the central government in 2017 but it’s unclear why the water was not distributed.


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    ‘Unusual Event’ Declared at Brunswick Nuclear Plant After Hurricane Florence


    BY JACK PHILLIPS
    September 17, 2018 Updated: September 17, 2018
    A nuclear power plant located near Wilmington, North Carolina, said it declared an “unusual event” on Sept. 17 ,amid rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.

    The Brunswick Nuclear Plant located 30 miles south of Wilmington declared a state of emergency, which is the lowest under Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines, Fox News reported.


    Roads surrounding the 1,200-acre complex were inundated by flooding and have been blocked off by downed trees.

    None of the main roads are passable, according to Joey Ledford, a spokesman for the NRC, the News & Observer reported. “The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown.”

    Ledford added to Fox that the nuclear plant is stable and poses no threat to public safety, and meanwhile, no floodwaters have breached the facility.


    Officials said the plant is accessible from one route due to the floodwaters. However, there are not multiple routes available, and the plant was placed under an “unusual event,” Fox reported.


    The plant was shut down before the hurricane arrived in the Carolinas, according to the report.


    Daniel Bacon, a senior operations engineer, told the paper that workers are sleeping on cots and using portable toilets because the water is shut off, and the toilets cannot flush, according to the News & Observer.


    “It’s kind-of like camping,” Bacon said. “Everyone is handling it very well. I haven’t heard any complaining.”

    Members of the Coast Guard launch rescue boats into the neighborhood of Mayfair in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Sept. 16, 2018. (Jason Miczek/Reuters)Florence Update

    Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, “the worst is yet to come” as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service, according to Reuters

    “The soil is soaked and can’t absorb any more rain so that water has to go somewhere, unfortunately,” he said, adding that the rivers would start to crest on Sept. 17.


    The remnants of Hurricane Florence are forecast to move north before heading over the northeastern United States on the night of Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.


    Flash flooding continues over North and South Carolina and might develop to parts of Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware into Pennsylvania, according to the NHC in its 11 a.m. update.


    “Flash flood warnings are currently in effect across parts of central North Carolina into far southern Virginia. Flash flood watches are in effect across much of North Carolina, northern South Carolina, portions of Western Virginia, southern and eastern West Virginia, central and western Maryland, central and western Pennsylvania, southern New York and southern New England,” said the NHC.


    It added: “Florence is expected to produce heavy to excessive rainfall over the next couple of days. Portions of the Mid Atlantic states west of Interstate 95 into southern New York and southern New England are expected to receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain…with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.”

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