As 'monster-hurricane' Florence gets ready to strike the East Coast of the United States, millions of people are making preparations for the inevitable hit. Authorities are predicting the storm’s impact to be like nothing this part of the world has ever seen.
Now, an even more dire concern has arisen, and it’s one that many people have not considered. If Florence follows the path meteorologists predict, residents may have more to worry about more than just flooding, wind damage, and power outages.
“The storm will pass directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
“Two at-risk nuclear power plants – one with the same design as the Fukushima plant – are in the center of Hurricane Florence’s path of destruction when it makes landfall later this week.
“The Brunswick plant's two reactors are of the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation following a 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami."
Even though safety upgrades were made after the catastrophic Fukushima event, there is still a risk that the intensity of the storm could cause damage to the plants.
“Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said earlier this week that operators of the two plants would begin shutting down the plants at least two hours before Florence’s hurricane-force winds arrive.
“He told Reuters on Tuesday that both power plants are bracing themselves for the hurricane by sweeping the site for any loose material that could get ripped off by high winds. They also have prepared their backup diesel generators to make sure the plants have enough fuel to keep producing power.”
Before you ask, "Why on earth would they build nukes where hurricanes are common?" listen to what the N.R.C. has to say on that subject: “According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there are 12 nuclear plants in the Carolinas that make electricity for the region. These plants generally reside near a body of water because they require a constant water source for cooling purposes.”
As if residents don’t have enough work about with the potential-Category-4 hurricane set to make landfall later this week, this new concern about a potential radiation leak has just added to their stress.
Regardless of whether or not Florence is able to break through the powerful exterior of the nuke plants, residents are strongly warned to evacuate if they are in the storm’s path; there is still the potential for massive devastation from the torrential rain, driving winds, and life-threatening floods.
Please join us in praying for those who are in the path of this ‘monster storm’ and wish them all the best as they fight this potentially-unprecedented attack by Mother Nature.
To hear a breakdown of the worst-case scenario with the nukes, watch the video, below.