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Florence Threatens Duke Plants
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https://foxsanantonio.com/news/nation-wo...-the-coast
"2 p.m.
Power outages already are creeping up along the North Carolina coast as tropical storm-force winds started sweeping over land.

Electric utilities and cooperatives reported about 12,000 outages statewide as of early Thursday afternoon, with nearly all of them at the coast. Most of the homes and businesses without electricity are in Carteret and Craven counties. Both are north of the eye's projected path and expected to get massive amounts of rain— potentially 20 inches (50 centimeters) or more.

Duke Energy is the largest of the utilities in the Carolinas. The company predicts Carolinas power outages caused by Florence will range from 1 million to 3 million customers. It's got more than 20,000 workers from the Carolinas and other states in place to restore power.

Duke reported few South Carolina outages Thursday afternoon."

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vbnm...wer-plants

"At least two major nuclear power plants are at risk for severe flooding as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the East Coast.

There are 16 reactors in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the states that are likely to be most affected by Florence, and most of them are well inland and won’t see the storm’s worst. Two of those plants, however, are worth keeping an eye on, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Surry plant, operated by Dominion Energy, near Williamsburg, Virginia, and the Brunswick plant, near Wilmington, North Carolina, are both located in areas that where heavy rainfall is expected.

Some scientists are worried that the plants haven’t made adequate preparations for the storm — and that with storms getting worse due to climate change, the current regulations won’t be enough to keep nuclear plants from flooding and melting down. ...

The latest NOAA forecasts indicate that Florence’s storm surge could rise as high as 13 feet. According to a 2017 report from the NRC, even after Fukushima, the Brunswick reactor buildings are only prepared for a maximum storm surge of 7 feet.

Lyman told VICE News that he doesn’t think even the post-Fukushima nuclear standards were high enough. “The U.S. nuclear industry was very anxious not to spend a lot of money after Fukushima,” he said, noting that heap natural gas and renewables have eclipsed nuclear energy in recent years. “The industry is [economic] under strain — they’re not looking for capital expenditures on equipment they may never use.”

Back in 2012, Superstorm Sandy sent storm water into the water intake systems at two nuclear plants in New Jersey, causing them to shut down.

There are eight nuclear plants in the U.S. that are at risk from sea level rise by the end of the century, according to a HuffPost and Weather.com investigation. The Brunswick plant is one of them."
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Pentagon briefing on Hurricane Florence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aV92ZM-lA
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Here is a list of International Radiation Monitoring Stations for those who want to monitor, and keep an eye on the situation. This list includes private as well as government run monitoring stations.

http://sccc.org.au/international-radiati...g-stations

Michael Collins at EnviroReporter.com has contacted the NRC and and has received this information regarding their preparations. 

https://www.enviroreporter.com/2014/04/r...ent-314669
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Thanks, vital1! I hadn't seen the GMC map before. Some serious hot spots there. http://www.gmcmap.com/index.asp
   
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Some are old readings, but not all. Click on the station marker to see the date.

Maybe they are venting at one of the NPPs.
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You're correct, old data on the ones near Greenville & Zanesville, though the one near Bloomington was 12 Sept 2018. Curious mapping.
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