Six Nuclear Power Plants Are In Hurricane Florence’s Path

Hurricane Florence latest: Storm puts nuke power stations at risk as it barrels towards US | Daily Star

Based on forecasts, we anticipate the plant site will experience sustained hurricane force winds and, per our procedures, operators are systematically shutting down both units.

Nuclear plants have procedures that require they shut a safe amount of time before hurricane force winds of at least 74 miles per hour are expected to reach the site.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning, darkening the sky - and numerous homes - in the Carolinas.

Duke Energy Corp started to shut the Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to strike the coast near the plant on Friday.

A 2004 report from the National Regulatory Commission states that the Brunswick plant is able to survive a storm surge of 22 feet above sea level, the News-Observer reported. 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.

Northeastern's Charlotte campus prepares for Hurricane Florence
Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to. Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat.

Brunswick plant onsite NRC Inspector Galen Smith, had no worries that the Brunswick plant would survive the storm easily.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant has two reactors-of the same design as those used at Japan's Fukushima power plant, which exploded after being hit by earthquakes and floods. The Robinson plant responded to a temporary loss of off-site power by shutting down safely. They also have prepared their backup diesel generators to make sure the plants have enough fuel to keep producing power.

Since Fukushima, all US reactors have been upgraded with additional safety equipment, including portable pumps and generators to keep cooling water circulating through the reactor in case the plant loses offsite power.

In preparing for Hurricane Florence, the NRC statement said that the staffs at Brunswick, Surry in southeastern Virginia, Harris near Raleigh, N.C., Robinson near Hartsville, S.C., and some other plants are working through their severe weather procedures, including ensuring that all loose debris and equipment have been removed or secured, and conducting walk-down inspections of important systems and equipment.

Roughly one year ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, at least 13 toxic waste sites were flooded or damaged during the storm, according to CNN.

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