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Nuclear Power Plants At Risk Of Direct Hit By Hurricane Florence

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North and South Carolina nuclear power plants are in line for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Florence.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), there are twelve operating nuclear power plants in the Carolinas that make electricity by the continuous splitting of uranium atoms (i.e., a nuclear reaction). These plants generally reside near a body of water—a river, lake, estuary or ocean—because they require a constant source of water for cooling purposes. Without cooling water, a nuclear reactor will overheat, leading to core damage, containment failure, and release of harmful radiation into the environment.

“Florence will approach the Carolina coast Thursday night into Friday with winds in excess of 100mph along with flooding rains. This system will approach the Brunswick Nuclear Plant as well as the Duke-Sutton Steam Plant,” said Ed Vallee, a meteorologist at Vallee Wx Consulting.

“Dangerous wind gusts and flooding will be the largest threats to these operations with inland plants being susceptible to inland flooding,” said Vallee.

He tweeted a few weather models Tuesday morning that forecasts rainfall amounts 15-40″ range in some regions along the coast.

One of those models is the ECMWF Total Precipitation, which shows the most torrential rain could be situated around the two nuclear power plants in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Also, there is a significant risk of “a life-threatening storm surge” of up to 20 feet or higher along the coast where the nuclear power plants sit.

“The latest forecast is projecting that Hurricane Florence will strengthen “to near category 5 strength” before it makes landfall in the Carolinas, and it is being called “a serious threat to lives and property”. It is extremely rare for a hurricane of this intensity to come this far north, and one expert is claiming that Florence “has the potential to be the most destructive hurricane we’ve had in modern history for this region.”

At this time, the government is warning of “a life-threatening storm surge” of up to 20 feet or higher, “life-threatening freshwater flooding”, and “damaging hurricane-force winds”. But there is another factor that not a lot of people are talking about. There are 12 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas, including two that are located right along the coast, said Economic Collapse Blog.

Flooding from the storm could be catastrophic for the nuclear power plants. Excessive amounts of water can damage equipment or knock out the plants’ electrical systems, disabling its cooling mechanisms. This is what happened at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan as a result of the March 2011 tsunami, causing severe damage to the plant’s reactors.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, the NHC released a report specifying Florence was about 975 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Its center will be wedged between Nassau and Bermuda on Wednesday and approach the coast of South and North Carolina on Thursday, as a possible Category 4/5 storm.

If NHC’s computer models are correct, there are more than a dozen nuclear power plants that could be affected by Florence.

Global + Hurricane Florence Model Track Guidance overwhelmingly shows Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Duke-Sutton Steam Plant could take a direct hit.

What could possibly go wrong?


35 Comments on "Nuclear Power Plants At Risk Of Direct Hit By Hurricane Florence"

  1. dave thompson on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 2:27 pm 

    OH No! Who would have ever thought that this could be a problem?

  2. on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 2:38 pm 

    Popcorn time!

  3. makati1 on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 6:06 pm 

    Nuclear insanity. No one seemed to remember that the East Coast is hurricane alley when they located the plants? But, but, that was the cheapest place to build them! Shades of Fukushima! It’s ALL about $$$. LMAO

  4. Senecca on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 6:11 pm 

    Fukushima II (Fukushima I will take 40 years to clean up).

  5. deadly on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 6:16 pm 

    Florence says, “Thank you, I’ll be here all week, then I’m gonna wreak havoc.”

    “I’m talkin’ ’bout a hurricane and your riggin’ will not stand it”

    I’m ordering pizza. lol

  6. makati1 on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 6:38 pm 

    Add in the 3-4 days they are predicting that the hurricane will park over the coast and pour down all that water that is so scarce in other parts of the US.

    Popcorn, pizza, or just shrimp steamed in
    Old Bay seasoning and a few cold beers is ok too. I’m watching the one approaching the Philippines at the same time. Double feature.

    An interesting weekend ahead! Buckle up! lol

  7. Antius on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:09 pm 

    Oh dear. It would have been nice if those engineers that designed the NPPs had accounted for the possibility of hurricanes. Oh wait – they did.

    Our fossil fuel powered civilisation is running out of steam and average incomes continue to decline, plunging millions into poverty and shifting geopolitical power from west to east.

    Future historians will debate why we purposefully allowed ourselves to sink into energy poverty, when commercial nuclear power had been around for decades and technically could have solved our problem. Instead, nuclear power is rendered uneconomic by a hugely burdensome regulatory system, due to misplaced public fears about radiation. Billions of people will now die early, because the public are terrified of an accident that might release enough pollution to kill thousands. So instead, several million die of heart disease and cancer every year as they choke on fossil fuel pollution from energy sources that increasingly fail to generate sufficient energy returns.

    Human beings are stupid. If they weren’t, then they would not have the problems that they do have.

  8. makati1 on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:19 pm 

    More important: “…many nations are divesting from the United States because of the continuing debt problem, which will eventually blow up in the faces of every American….the dollar is going to crash and burn…it’s only going to get “worse and worse.”

    “And the dollar will be the most devastated when the debt bubble finally pops. The investor explained that the US currency is going to continue to climb higher, but that’s all manufactured, as many countries like China, Iran, Russ, a and others are now trying to get rid of it while growing their gold reserves. “In the next few years the American dollar is going to lose its position as the world’s reserve currency and the world’s medium of exchange,”

    “Everybody is now trying to get rid of the US dollar,” Rogers said. And he isn’t wrong. As the US continues to pile on sanctions, nations protect themselves by ditching the US’s greenback. This is the beginning of the end of the US dollar’s global dominance, and it will, at some point, be a hard-learned lesson for big government lovers everywhere.”

    Slip slidin’…

  9. makati1 on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:27 pm 

    Antius, nuclear energy is a money pit, not the answer. You ignore the hundreds of thousands of TONS of nuclear waste sitting around the world waiting to release death on a mega scale.

    ” In 2010, there was very roughly estimated to be stored some 250,000 tons of nuclear HLW,high level waste] that does not include amounts that have escaped into the environment from accidents or tests.” WIKI

    Nuclear energy would never have happened without government support. It is needed to make bombs, not because it was an economical energy source.

  10. Bloomer on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 10:00 pm 

    Batten down the hatches Carolina. Be safe.

  11. MASTERMIND on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 10:09 pm 

    No federal funds or help from FEMA until North Carolina stops denying climate science..

    I hope they drown..Stupid redneck imbeciles

  12. Davy on Wed, 12th Sep 2018 9:09 am 

    7-Day Precipitation

  13. fmr-paultard on Wed, 12th Sep 2018 11:40 am 

    this is not a problem, it’s an opportunity. supertards will measure energy gradient and devise ways to harness it. hurricanes are beneficial in other ways but if supertards will it there will be no more

  14. pointer on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 4:14 pm 

    It’s going to be very big and very wet and very radioactive.

  15. onlooker on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 4:19 pm 

    FEMA will be all over the Carolinas. Afterall, its a red state. That is the way things roll in the US

  16. Davy on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 5:24 pm 

    “FEMA will be all over the Carolinas. Afterall, its a red state. That is the way things roll in the US”

    what a stupid comment

  17. onlooker on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 5:33 pm 

    So you think the ruling political party is not keen to look good in their states with votes on the line? You then must think PR got treated just the same as Texas and Florida in the recent disasters. GULLIBLE you are.

  18. MASTERMIND on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 5:43 pm 

    Donald’s haters of socialism and welfare will be the first ones in line for their free FEMA handouts….guaranteed!

  19. Davy on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 6:14 pm 

    Who is the ruling political party? Where is the wealth and privilege? Your comment was intellectually lame and emotionally driven without substance.

  20. MASTERMIND on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 6:18 pm 

    Iowa county fair


  21. onlooker on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 6:20 pm 

    Who has control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency ?

  22. MASTERMIND on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 6:33 pm 


    You cant reason with Davy..He has been radicalized by far right propaganda ie zerohedge..He is a deplorable and proud..

  23. Davy on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 6:43 pm 

    Come on onlooker the government is divided and in an internal cold war. There is no ruling party as is plainly seen from the happens in DC. It is more like a deep state soft coup with much of the opposition forces eminating from the left. They are pushing the agenda and people like you are buying into it with your class warfare talk.

  24. Anonymouse1 on Thu, 13th Sep 2018 8:27 pm 

    See, even the exceptionalturds own sock agrees, the E-turd is beyond any and all reason.

  25. Davy on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 3:12 am 

    “How Super Typhoon Mangkhut Will Cause Chaos When it Slams Asia”

    “Mangkhut is forecast to slam across vast swathes of farmland in northern Philippines, threatening food supply at a time when the nation is already grappling with the fastest inflation in Asia.”

    “Destruction in the Philippines As many as 824,000 of the 4.3 million people living in the path of Mangkhut are in danger and may have to be evacuated”

    “Food Supply, Inflation Mangkhut may damage as much as 11 billion pesos ($203 million) of rice and corn in the Philippines, with the storm coming just before the start of harvest”

    “Economic activity will be impacted, but agriculture and fishing would be affected even more, hurting supply, and keeping the upside pressure on inflation” in the Philippines, said Chidu Narayanan, an economist at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore. “Inflation is likely to remain elevated,” he said, projecting average consumer price gains of 5 percent for this year against the central bank’s target of 2 percent to 4 percent.”

  26. MASTERMIND on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 3:59 am 


    Why do you only post articles from zerohedge? Is it because you have an extremist white nationalist agenda?

    Maybe you should expand your horizons and not be so narrowed minded..

  27. makati1 on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 4:15 am 

    “Hurricane Florence is on a path of destruction that will put millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage, centered on the Carolinas, through this weekend….

    Despite the hurricane weakening somewhat since its peak as a Category 4, it has grown substantially in overall size and its predicted deceleration in forward speed will take a costly toll….

    “AccuWeather estimates that Hurricane Florence will cause $30-60 billion in economic impact and damage….

    Carolina coastline to be battered by hurricane conditions for more than 24 hours straight…

    While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence,…”

    Buckle up Carolina! Good luck!

  28. MASTERMIND on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 4:16 am 


    Trump’s haters of socialism and welfare will be the first ones in line for their free FEMA handouts!


  29. makati1 on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 4:23 am 

    Meanwhile: “Should Mangkhut remain on its current track, the worst of the impacts will be felt across northern Luzon and the Batanes and Babuyan Islands in the Philippines….

    There is the potential for the powerful typhoon to make landfall on the northern tip of Luzon. …

    Widespread wind damage and flooding is expected across these areas. Rainfall amounts of 150-250 mm (6-10 inches) are possible across northern Luzon, which would lead to life-threatening flooding and mudslides.”

    This is a fast moving storm so the damage should be minimal. Manila is only on the outer fringe as am I.

  30. makati1 on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 4:24 am 

    I agree, MM. The “deplorables will need that “assistance” when their outhouse blows away. lol

  31. makati1 on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 4:26 am 

    BTW MM, you and Davy are keeping some very early hours? Hmm.

  32. Davy on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 8:46 am 

    “Florence’s Unique Path From Africa to U.S. Tied to Global Warming”

    “Born off the coast of Africa, Hurricane Florence followed an extraordinarily straight path to the U.S. East Coast that beat historic odds, stunning forecasters and spurring new concerns on the damaging effects of global warming. Almost all storms that originate where Florence did turn northward in the mid-Atlantic. But a stubborn, unmoving high-pressure ridge that’s increasingly becoming the signature for a warming planet held it on a direct path to the Carolinas, scientists said.”

    “It is extremely rare to get a storm crossing at the location it did,’’ said Jeff Masters, co-founder of the Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “It is a 1 or 2 percent kind of thing.’’ As the amount of Arctic ice and snow has fallen, seas in the northern hemisphere have warmed, and the air above has reacted, said Jennifer Francis, a climate researcher at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The probable result, according to Francis: High pressure ridges and low pressure troughs that tend to hold in place throughout the summer.”

  33. Sissyfuss on Fri, 14th Sep 2018 9:33 am 

    Florence is changing course to Southwest and is threatening Myrtle Beach and its over 100 golf courses. If it pulls a Harvey and sits and spits for several days those courses will make lovely rice paddys. As a former scratch golfer who vacationed there many times it is a pity. Also the storm surge will inudate all that grass with salt water which will be very destructive.

  34. Cloggie on Sun, 16th Sep 2018 2:13 am 

    Did you know that buildings in Hong Kong can swing?

  35. makati1 on Sun, 16th Sep 2018 2:59 am 

    Sissyfuss, yep, Mother Nature has the last laugh. Maybe this one will break the bank of all of the insurance companies? We shall see.

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