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

File Image CREDIT Adobe Stock

Florence is now a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant, located four miles from the coast in Southport, is being shut down as Hurricane Florence moves onshore.

Bobby Brown, 50, with his granddaughter Lyric, 1, during a power outage in Florence, South Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. The number of dots at each location indicates the number of reactors housed at that station.

DUK says it is following procedures and shutting Unit 1 and will start shutting Unit 2 at the 1,870 MW plant later today. "Other plants near the storm's projected path are also taking precautions".

The National Advanced Hydrologic Advanced Prediction Service predicted flood levels on Cape Fear near the nuclear plant will reach 24.5 feet on September 17, a foot above the previous record of 23.5 feet, according to Weather.com. Winds are still above 100 miles per hour and the most damage could come from flooding.

He added: "Those power plants are, one, obviously hardened".

Julio Urias Reacts To Canelo-GGG 2 Decision
Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez was among those who had few complaints. "It would be great to have a third fight, " Golovkin said. Great fight with two great champions! "Madison Square Garden, in my opinion, for a third fight would make a lot of sense".

Hurricane Florence Hits Outer Banks Home on Stilts With Storm Surge
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Heavy rainfall began after dark. "I just don't want to leave and take a chance and not be able to get back in", Green said .

Dazzling Duchess - Inside Meghan’s first few months as a royal
Daniel shared that 'There's a small group of us that check in with her and see how she's doing, but she's still the same person'. It looks like Meghan Markle is losing friends nowadays and it's all because of her newfound status as a royal.

Diaz said he did not think there would be issues with the power plants in the upcoming storms.

A hurricane simulation exercise conducted by FEMA and the Energy Department this spring considered how to respond to damage at a nuclear power plant, according to The Associated Press, which first reported the exercise. "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.

Still, the boiling water reactors used at Brunswick are similar to ones that melted down at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan in 2011, according to Edwin Lyman, a nuclear expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Since Fukushima, all USA 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.

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.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday in its 11 a.m. ET advisory.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas
Sep 17, 2018 - 05:20
Another 16 locations in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life". The rain may be particularly heavy in the mountains, where there is an elevated risk of flash flooding.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Skripal suspects interview 'lies' and an 'insult' - Downing Street
Sep 17, 2018 - 04:55
While they acknowledged being the pair seen in images released by Scotland Yard, the men did not provide proof of their names. When pressed to describe their work in general terms, he said, "To cut a long story short, we're in the fitness industry".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kipchoge smashes Marathon World Record
Sep 17, 2018 - 04:50
"It's a breathless leap in the world of marathon running", said one excited commentator as Kipchoge passed 40km in 1:55:32. Kenyans Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:23 and Wilson Kipsang was third in 2:06:48.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino won't blame Michel Vorm for Liverpool opener
Sep 17, 2018 - 03:45
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been concerned about Firmino when he spoke to the media immediately after the Spurs game. Interestingly, statistics website WhoScored.com didn't think the central defender had a very good game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Singapore GP: Raikkonen fastest in 2nd practice session
Sep 17, 2018 - 02:50
Vettel then botched qualifying in Hungary, again in the rain, as Hamilton took pole and won to stretch his series lead. We asked Ted Kravitz to check the heat of the F1 tyres after the stress of the Singapore GP circuit at Marina Bay.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Canadian Cannabis Users, Workers Could Face Lifetime US Ban
Sep 17, 2018 - 02:45
It has been legalized in nine USA states and Washington, D.C., but remains illegal at a federal level. Another official said those participating in the marijuana business may be turned away at the border.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top This Report Appears To Rule Out Browns Trading Josh Gordon To Patriots
Sep 17, 2018 - 02:17
Josh Gordon's very odd 6 years with the Cleveland Browns have gone up in smoke. the team just made a decision to release him. Gordon, 27, is scheduled to make just $790K this season before becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart
Sep 15, 2018 - 23:31
He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?
Sep 15, 2018 - 23:12
They added that the expected attack by Syrian troops on Idlib province would make other battles in the country look minor. He and "a number of experts" plan to take part in the meeting on Syria in Istanbul on September 14.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Florence: 'Catastrophic' storm surge could cause 3-metre-deep flooding
Sep 15, 2018 - 22:13
Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll
Sep 15, 2018 - 21:45
Trump maintained as recently as Tuesday that his response to the storm was an " incredible unsung success ". North Carolina , which has taken the brunt of Hurricane Florence , has become a presidential swing state.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea Boss Talks Up Return Of Blues Legend
Sep 15, 2018 - 20:09
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has instated a revolutionising gameplay at his side which is reaping overwhelming rewards from it. So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Threat becomes reality as Hurricane Florence closes in
Sep 15, 2018 - 17:56
Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. Governors of those states have already declared states of emergency, as have the governors of Virginia and Maryland.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Berbatov backs Liverpool to see of Spurs on Saturday
Sep 15, 2018 - 13:58
Klopp though, is likely to stick with his strongest side when they pay a visit to Tottenham . Klopp asked the reporter during his press conference.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Announces New Galaxy Event for October
Sep 15, 2018 - 13:47
The Samsung Protection Plus provides customers with a combination of 1-year warranty extension and a one-time screen crack fix . This time as well, the stylus gets an upgrade with a low-frequency Bluetooth for customisable remote-controlled shortcuts.