Florence is expected to slow down, scrape along the coast of Carolina
The Category 4 hurricane, remains strong as it goes through with the approach of the US Mid-Atlantic region with maximum sustained winds of 130 km / h, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory.
Two at-risk nuclear plants – one with the same design as the Fukushima plant – in the center of Hurricane Florence is the path of destruction when the landing later this week.
The potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane is barreling its way across the Atlantic ocean and has its eye on the Carolina coast and the Mid-Atlantic region – with 130 mph winds and upwards of 40 inches of rainfall in some areas.
The track of the Tropical Storm Florence path
The storm will be directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
HURRICANE FLORENCE PATH: THE TRACK OF THE STORM HERE
It is predicted immediately after the Brunswick nuclear power plant about 30 miles south of Wilmington – as well as the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in New Hill, a city further inland.
•At least 6 nuclear plants in danger
•9 primary steel mills in the storm path
•EPA monitoring 9 toxic waste clean up locations near Carolina
•Flooding concerns w/ hog manure pits, coal ash dumps
→ Duke Energy operates 24+ coal ash pits pic.twitter.com/PIbEqfziZu
— Fox News Investigation (@FoxNewsResearch) September 12, 2018
The Brunswick plant’s two reactors are the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation after the 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami.
After the disaster, federal regulators required all US nuclear plants to perform upgrades to better withstand earthquakes and floods.
‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ HURRICANE FLORENCE A ‘MIKE TYSON PUNCH CAROLINA COAST”
According to the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there are 12 nuclear power plants in the Carolina’s that electricity for the region. These plants generally live near a body of water, because they require a constant source of water for cooling.
Photos: Preparations for Hurricane Florence
The commission on Wednesday said it is sending extra inspectors to plants in North and South Carolina and is the activation of the regional incident response center in Atlanta, to around the clock staff support during the storm.
Forecasters to predict Florence dump upwards of 40 inches of rainfall in isolated areas in the Carolina’s, and somewhere between 6 and 12 inches in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The Brunswick plant’s two reactors are the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation after a 2011 maginitude-9 earthquake and tsunami.
“This rainfall could produce catastrophic flooding and significant river flooding,” National Hurricane Center, said Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET advisory.
Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said earlier this week that the operators of the two plants would start shutting down the plants for at least two hours for Florence hurricane-force winds arrive.
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He told Reuters on Tuesday that both stations are bracing themselves for the storm by sweeping the site for any loose material that could get ripped off by high winds. They have also prepared their back-up diesel generators to ensure that plants have enough fuel to continue to produce energy.
This morning, a high definition camera outside the @Space_Station recorded a stark and sobering picture of #HurricaneFlorence as it churned over the Atlantic ocean with wind speeds of 130 kilometers per hour. Take a look: https://t.co/IWZCzy2ZLV pic.twitter.com/9gIJ8PA8ng
— NASA (@NASA) September 12, 2018
“They were safe. They are even safer now,” said Kathryn Green, a Duke spokeswoman, referring to the post-Fukushima improvements. “We have back-ups of back-ups for back-ups.”
Of 11 to Hurricane Florence was about 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, N. C., with maximum sustained winds of 130 km / h.
HURRICANE FLORENCE CONTACTS TO BRANDS SUCH AS ‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ STORM HITS EAST COAST
Steve Goldstein, FEMA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration liaison, said Wednesday that Florence is forecast to cross as soon as it touches the landing before turning south and heading down the Carolina coast. More than 5.4 million people 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 of the states, ordered mass evacuations along the coast.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang