WILMINGTON, N.C.–The Associated Press says that mass evacuations are taking place in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia as Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, bears down on Cape Fear, North Carolina. However, the National Weather Service says conditions are right for the monster storm to progress to a Category 5 by the time it makes landfall late Thursday or early Friday. Winds are expected to reach 157 miles per hour and Florence could dump up to 45 inches of rain in some parts of North Carolina.
Florence’s projected path includes six nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.
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