We remain in constant communications with local, state and federal officials regarding the status of the plant, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with inspectors on-site, remains informed of our plans regarding plant shutdown.
"Storm of a lifetime" Florence is still a few days out from landfall along the US coastline. On its current track, the storm will hit the coast on Friday with maximum sustained winds of about 105 miles per hour.
Brunswick Nuclear Plant, four miles inland in Southport, N.C., is now in the path of Hurricane Florence. There are multiple layers of protection at nuclear plants.
The USA's nuclear power plants have weathered hurricanes before. The number of dots at each location indicates the number of reactors housed at that station.
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Duke's Brunswick Nuclear Plant and its Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant near Raleigh, both in North Carolina, are the closest to where the hurricane is forecast to make landfall, Green said. "Other plants near the storm's projected path are also taking precautions". The storm surge in the area around the plant is expected to reach nine to 13 feet, according to the latest NHC forecast. "Two, they have backup generators for power and we will rapidly assess any impacts to a nuclear power plant post-storm", Byard said in a call with media. The Robinson plant responded to a temporary loss of off-site power by shutting down safely.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, said it was anxious about the Brunswick plant's capabilities to weather out the storm.
The two reactors at the site, which entered service in 1975 and 1977, are of similar design to some of the reactors damaged at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after an quake and tsunami in 2011. Emergency equipment, such as generators and pumps, are checked to ensure full operability.
According to CNN, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now monitoring nine different sites for their potential to release toxic chemicals into the environment, should they become compromised by flooding. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew's landfall brought down power lines and flooded transformers, leaving more than two million customers without power across several states.
Until we know how bad wind, power outages and flooding are, we won't know how much home and business fix will be needed. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the slower storm could bring as much as 40 inches of rain in places.
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The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm - but the danger is far from over for residents of the U.S.
Forecasters expected some strengthening in the next 36 hours, as Florence marched west-northwest at 20kmh. "It's going to happen". President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.
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Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, about two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit the island. "That is just what happened". Last month, Rossello accepted the study's conclusion that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the storm's effects.
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Another photo (embedded below) was snapped on September 10 by astronaut Ricky Arnold while aboard the International Space Station. In the past, NASA has leveraged its technology and resources to help with hurricane relief efforts.
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The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 miles per hour (144 kph) by nightfall. Municipal power agencies, including New Bern and Southport, have not reported any outages yet.
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More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Susan Faulkenberry Panousis has stayed in her Bald Head Island, North Carolina home during prior hurricanes , but not this time.
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