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Power systems: high-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms, long-duration storms may cause transformer damage. Spacecraft operations: corrective actions to orientation may be required by ground control; possible changes in drag affect orbit predictions. Other systems: HF radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes, and aurora has been seen as low as New York and Idaho (typically 55° geomagnetic lat.)**.
originally posted by: Dr1Akula
I don't know if it's related, but we just had 2 power breakdowns (18.45 and 7.10) this afternoon in Athens, When I called the power company they told me a transformer had blown up.
THE SECOND CME HAS ARRIVED: For the second time today, a CME has hit Earth's magnetic field. As a result of the impact, a moderate G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway. The storm could intensify further as Earth passes through the gusty wake of the CME, but probably not enough to cause power outages or communications blackouts. Earth is going to weather this event with few if any negative side-effects. Meanwhile, high latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
Space weather event underway The two solar eruptions that occurred earlier this week have reached Earth. Geomagnetic storming is underway now with the bulk of the storming expected in the next 24 hours. No major effects on infrastructure are expected from these storms. The aurora borealis (northern lights) are expected to be visible in the northern tier of the United States as a result. The NWS Space Weather Prediction Center is the nation's official source of space weather alerts, watches and warnings. For updates on activity, visit: www.spaceweather.gov.