Two Nuclear Plants To Close As Hurricane Approaches

With one of the most severe hurricanes on record aiming to make landfall in Florida by this weekend, Florida Power & Light (FPL) said it would shut down the two nuclear power plants in the storm's path, Turkey Point and St. Lucie.

Turkey Point NPPNews reports on Thursday said the company had plans for an “imminent” shut down of the power plants with the decision to be made “well in advance” of the Hurricane Irma's arrival. By Friday, CNN reported that FPL had announced it would shut down the plants as a precautionary measure.

"This is an extremely dangerous storm," said FP&L communications director Rob Gould. The company said Wednesday that it was mobilizing “thousands of workers and related equipment in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Irma.”

The company was also urging customers to make their final preparations to meet the severe challenge coming their way. FPL Chief Executive Officer and President Eric Silagy called the storm a “life-threatening (event) throughout our entire service territory.”

It is expected that the earliest signs of the storm -- high winds and rain – could be expected early on Saturday morning. Silagy noted that the company was mobilizing for their response for after the storm passes through. “We anticipate many customers will experience power outages,” he said. But he also said, “Restoring power through repairs is measured in days. Should Irma's worst fears be realized, our crews will likely have to completely rebuild parts of our electric system.”

That rebuild “could be measured in weeks,” he said.

Further north, Georgia Power said it was also preparing for the storm, offering storm tips to customers and “mobilizing crews and preparing to respond to any service interruptions.”

The path of the storm is up to Mother Nature. Forecasts on Friday show the storm marching across the entire Florida peninsula and potentially encompassing the entire state of Georgia, as well. However, the storm with winds clocked at 185 mph is so feared that preparations for impact are being made as far away as England. Storms have been known to cross the Atlantic Ocean, although they tend to dissipate as they travel into cooler regions. More likely, the states of South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, western North Carolina and Kentucky look to be in the path of the storm.

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