Brunswick Nuclear Plant shutting down

Brunswick Nuclear Plant shutting down

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.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering risky flooding, toppling trees, cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses while causing at least five deaths.

Duke Energy did not provide information about specific changes made at Brunswick, other than to say emergency generators and pumps will remove stormwater if the plant floods.

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 bigger worry, spokesperson Paige Sheehan said, are the cooling ponds at its fossil fuel power plants.

More than 8,000 Duke workers in North and SC are already in the area, and 1,700 workers from Duke Energy Midwest and 1,200 from Duke Energy Florida will also be on hand.

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US Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors at plants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are reviewing the plants' hurricane preparations in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the agency said Wednesday in a statement.

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

In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Duke officials said a decision on whether to close the Brunswick plant had not been made.

With a major storm bearing down on these power plants, some thoughts are turning back to 2011, when Japan's Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant was impacted in the wake of the devastating March 11 natural disaster and tsunami.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall near the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant located on the coast North Carolina. "The plant also has procedures in place to reinforce what are already robust defenses against flooding to ensure that it will remain safe as the storm passes by". As a precaution, the power plant's reactor (s) must be shut down at least two hours before the storm's strongest winds arrive.

The cyclone is one of the most powerful hurricanes to have formed in the Atlantic this year.

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