After a ‘huge eruption from the Sun,’ the UK will face a power shortfall ‘in the next few hours.’
As a solar storm continues to wreak havoc on Earth, an expert has warned This website that the UK could see power cuts “in the next few hours.”
On October 12 at around 3:30 a.m., a G2-level solar storm, also known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), impacted the Earth’s magnetic field.
However, while the CME has already struck, the entire amount of the destruction is still unknown.
“A CME is like a gigantic eruption from the Sun that comes to Earth,” Mathew Owens, Professor of Space Physics at The University of Reading, told this website.
“It works similarly to a snowplow in that it pushes all of the material ahead of it.
“Right now, the Earth is still seated in those snowdrifts ahead of us, and we haven’t even reached the major storm.”
“We’ll know how the storm develops in the next few hours.”
There are fears of power grid oscillations with voltage alerts at higher latitudes, with the possible repercussions still lingering.
Solar storms are rated from G1 to G5 in terms of intensity and geomagnetic power, with G1 being the weakest and G5 being the strongest. However, this website has been advised that even a “mild” storm like this can cause problems.
Professor Owens continued, ” “I believe it will remain a G2 moderate storm; when there is a storm, there is a greater chance that a spacecraft will have problems.
“Because the strain on your electricity grid will be slightly higher than normal, power companies are unlikely to schedule any grid maintenance over the next 24 to 48 hours.
“It’s not improbable that there would be a brief power outage in the UK, but it will be felt much more strongly at a higher latitude.
“We have to be concerned about much more powerful events.”
Even though this is not a Category 5 solar storm, it is expected to cause some damage to electrical systems, even if it does not fully shut them down.
“While it may not knock down a spacecraft or power system, it does increase the wear and tear on our power system,” Professor Owens said.
“The more small storms like these we get, the more power system repair we’ll have to conduct.”
The G2 storm could potentially cause power grid oscillations, voltage warnings, and an increase, according to the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). “Brinkwire News Summary.”