In the Carolinas, Americans are nervous.
A massive, monster storm known as Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the coastlines of the south and mid-Atlanta regions of this nation, with North and South Carolina in the direct path of the beast. As of this writing, with Florence still hours offshore, waves are reaching heights of nearly 80 feet, prompting unprecedented warnings from the local authorities, meteorologists, and even the President of the United States himself.
Now, a new concern has been raised along the coast, echoing a terrifying event from year ago, halfway across the globe.
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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 potentially catastrophic hurricane is barreling its way across the Atlantic and has set its eye on the Carolina coast and Mid-Atlantic region – bringing with it 130 mph winds and upwards of 40 inches of rainfall in some areas.
The storm will pass directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Thankfully, the authorities are keenly aware of the concerns.
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.
The commission on Wednesday said it’s sending additional inspectors to plants in North and South Carolina and is activating its regional incident response center in Atlanta, to provide around-the-clock staff support during the storm.
Now, as the hurricane barrels toward the east coast, we can only hope and pray that the original warnings were well-heeded, and that those in the path of the storm survive Florence intact.