NEW YORK — Along the Carolina coastline, textile companies on Tuesday were racing to fill orders and bracing for the possibility of plant shutdowns as Hurricane Isabel continued its march up through the Atlantic.

Executives said the biggest variable they were facing was the stability of the region’s power grid. While the low-slung, solid construction typical of textile mills tends to allow them to weather storms without much damage, they said the threat of having equipment suddenly shut down because of an electrical failure might make it advisable for mills to close as a precautionary measure.

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