A power plant in New Jersey has been shut down as the nation braces for Hurricane Florence, the US Coast Guard said on Wednesday.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick is one of several US plants to be turned off and shut down due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.
“Due to a forecast of higher winds, this will not be an ideal time to begin operation at Pilgrim,” the US National Guard said in a statement.
“Pilgrim is a critical nuclear facility, and we need to take action now to protect it and the millions of people who depend on it.”
The closure of the facility is expected to begin on Thursday morning, the New Jersey Division of Emergency Management said.
The US Coast Guards Cutter Alcatraz, based at the Cape May Naval Base, is in the area and is expected in the coming hours to take over operations, according to the New York Times.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “We are fully prepared for a devastating storm.
Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie are in New York City to oversee emergency relief and response.”
President Donald Trump said in an Instagram post that he was taking action to help the American people.
“We are doing our very best to prepare for this and it is going to be an incredibly devastating storm for the American citizens,” he said.
“This is the kind of thing that will affect you.
We will make it right.
I have the greatest heart.
This is the type of thing we need.”