Duke starts to shut N.C. Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence

Several nuclear power plants in North and South Carolina lie in the path of Hurricane Florence

Duke starts to shut N.C. Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence

Since Florence is expected to hit with Category 1 winds, the plant has to be shut down two hours before the storm hits, according to federal law.

Duke Energy, which supplies electricity to communities in there different states, a 1,870-megawatt facility located about 30 miles south of Wilmington on North Carolina's southern coast, Weather.com reported.

When Florence makes landfall, sometime Friday night or Saturday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, it appears likely that it will have weakened to a strong category 3 storm, but it is still expected to bring with it a triple threat of blasting winds, torrential rainfall and a potentially devastating storm surge.

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. Its inspectors are verifying that all preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available with ample fuel in case the storm affects off-site power.

As Hurricane Florence churns its way towards the Carolinas, at least 8 nuclear power plants stand in its way.

Duke Energy has shut down the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

With public dread over a Fukushima-like accident in the US, how will these plants weather this storm?

Duke officials watching the storm's track on Thursday made a decision to close down the Brunswick plant, which is located about four miles from the coast.

Bobby Brown, 50, with his granddaughter Lyric, 1, during a power outage in Florence, South Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. But Duke Energy Corp and the NRC have gone back and forth about whether the facility meets the new requirements, as the plant was originally created to protect itself against only 3.6 feet of storm surge.

Engineers and staff will be remaining on site at the plant to monitor the situation.

She said that shutting the plant down is part of the disaster preparedness plan that all nuclear plants must have in place.

This, however, is a far different scenario.

According to the News-Observer, the Fukushima plants backup generators flooded, which stopped the flow of cooling water to the reactor vessel.

While there is little chance of a nuclear accident due to Florence, there is a bigger concern to public health from the storm - toxic waste.

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