2. What Hurricane Florence means for energy
Situational awareness: "Duke Energy said Wednesday it expects between 1 million and 3 million of its customers in the Carolinas will lose power because of Hurricane Florence and its aftermath," the Charlotte Observer reports.
And via the Washington Post: "Federal officials warned that the millions of people in Florence’s sights could be without electricity for weeks, if high winds down power lines and massive rainfall floods equipment."
Axios' Amy Harder reports ... Several nuclear power plants in North Carolina and nearby states are bracing for the storm, including a plant right in its path with the same design as the Japanese reactors that melted down in 2011 when a tsunami knocked out backup power.
Why it matters: While the probability is very low, the risk of a storm-fueled accident at a nuclear plant could be devastating and threaten the health of tens of thousands of people living nearby.
Between the lines: All kinds of energy production and generation get attention only when things could go wrong or have gone wrong — but particularly nuclear given its controversial reputation.
It’s worth pointing out that nuclear plants have "consistently proven hardy against hurricanes," according to an in-depth News & Observer piece published Wednesday.
Go deeper: Read Amy's full piece in the Axios stream.