Nuclear Power Plants At Risk Of Direct Hit By Hurricane Florence

by | Sep 11, 2018 | Headline News | 25 comments

This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

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 100 mph 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.

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    2. B from CA

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      • Tye

        What on earth does that have to do with a nuclear power plant? Are you drinking bleach again?

    3. Concerned Citizen

      Well, with “them” manipulating the god damn weather now as well, what could possibly go wrong? Only 12 lil’ Nuclear Power plants in the destructive path of a Cat 5 Hurricane!! WTF people, WTF? We know they have been looking for a good disaster to piggyback upon, well, this may very well be it folks and you want to talk about SHTF… Think back oh I don’t know, about 7 or so years ago – Japan. Yeah, no bueno~

    4. Anonymous

      It’s just a hurricane, and it hasn’t damaged anything or killed anyone yet and probably won’t (except for a few maroons that ignore warnings and fail to take shelter or evacuate to safety).

    5. Kevin2

      “IF” (big word) the main cooling pumps are motor driven and not directly coupled to diesels and they are submerged in water from storm surge a Japanese type Fukushima meltdown is likely. I would like to think that these motors are located up high and this possibility was incorporated into the design.

      • Nailbanger

        Most likely designed by the same professors who designed fukushima,,,

    6. Maranatha

      Notice. No nuclear reactors in Kentucky. That’s the way we like it. We had a uranium enrichment plant at Paducah but closed it.

      We need preppers in Kentucky. Come on and join us.

    7. Maranatha

      Well that’s The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Rather famous. The real story is very ugly. Adoration of the Magi and Primavera are equally famous.

    8. The Deplorable Renegade

      So we can have some Fukushimas of our own? HOW LOVELY! [SARCASM]

    9. Kevin2

      Depending upon design if the water level is not too high the steam turbine powered coolant pumps can be powered by the decaying hear after the reactor is scrammed. Everything depends upon how high the storm surge is and if the design accommodates it.

    10. Kevin2

      heat not hear

    11. Traitor Hator

      If you lookup when these nukes were made and how long they were engineered to operate , you will see we have a bigger problem then hurricanes?

    12. hillbilly SC


      We had the after effects of hurricane Irma last year at this time. It took the grid down to our neighborhood for a week. We were in the last group to get power back on.

      We have Oconne nuclear station which has 3 of those reactors. I know some of those boys that work Oconee, Cawttaba and McCormick. I’m not worried ’bout Duke’s units.

      They will shut them down if they even “think” there could be an issue.

      No worries on my part. Just checking the items here, just in case it happens AGAIN. 🙁

      It sucked because I had to take the time off from work to keep the gennies running here and at the neighbors. That’s what ya do to help each other out in time of need. 🙂

      Y’all play it safe now. 😉

      • Nailbanger


        • rellik

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          But we are Big Island people and you
          know how that is.
          Looks like you are going to take storm
          head on. Keep cool!

    13. Old Guy

      Its off topic. However you all need to read todays Woodpile Report. His Frankly my dear article is spot on.

      • Yahooie

        Glad you mentioned it. I agree.

    14. Traitor Hator

      If there is a last stand for America it will be in Florida ? Hurricanes or not.What else can you ring with subs and aircraft carriers. Close enough to work in conjunction. Who knows they might be able to take and hold everything else. We might be all cramed into Florida , The second largest cattle producing state. Lots of oranges. And Disney world.

    15. the Lone Ranger

      Most nuclear power plants were purposefully built on or very near major fault lines.

      I’m looking for confirmation that Florence might have been man-generated and not arising from Mother Nature herself.

      And Mr. Bob Woodward, the people we need to “Fear” are obviously not the President and those who voted for him, but the people who organize massive waves of destructive activity through HAARP generated storms, virus-causing 5G networks, cancer causing GMO food, and hijacked vaccines that increase the rate of autism and stunt a child’s intellectual and social growth. God sees who is behind all that evil, Mr. Woodward.

      You’ve wasted your talent, Mr. Woodward. Imagine if you had exposed the aforementioned.

      I guess the money was unimaginable and the ego strokes unceasing.

      We here took the road less traveled, and it has made, and still makes all the difference.

      “Two roads diverged into a wood
      And sorry I could not travel both…
      But I took the road less traveled
      And it has made all the difference.”
      – Robert Frost, “Stopping By the Woods On a Snowy Evening”

    16. Tom T

      Sorry but the Fukushima Plant was an old “open water” reactor design and had been told to upgrade to the Much, much safer “closed water” designs that are used in the US. This is apples and oranges. In an open water system the reactor water steam goes directly to the turbine generators. In a closed water system a heat exchanger is used to heat water that is separate from the reactor. If power or electrical issues happen the reactor is automatically scrammed and shut down.

    17. Italian

      May god’s love be with you folks.

    18. saxa

      How they are lying about Florence:
      Hurricane intensity is supposed to be measured by surface wind speeds.
      They are not using surface wind speeds, they are going to the strongest
      winds anywhere in the weather system thousands of feet above the
      surface, and then claiming those wind speeds are on the surface. If you
      open the high altitude wind map, which shows the wind speeds two miles up inside the hurricane
      where the strongest winds are, at that distance off the ground the wind
      speeds are 110 mph (take the 184 KM/h and multiply it by .6 for mph).
      high altitude wind map>>… compare to this surface wind map>>>

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