Solar flares heading toward Earth could disrupt power grid by weekend

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BOULDER, CO – In a time when the end of the world as we know it can happen in an instant, comes word Earth is under attack from outer space.

Sky watchers are talking about a couple of recent events with the sun: a couple of coronal mass ejections, big ol’ solar flares that shot out from the sun and are heading in our direction at 2.5 million miles per hour.

The eruption measured on the lower end of extreme scale of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, but those folks think it will be “potentially strong” when it reaches us by the weekend.

They also think it will glance off the North Pole and create a pretty nifty light show in the northern regions of the planet.

However, the space watchers don’t know where the second solar flare will hit. The sun launched it the day after the first one.

Any solar flare hitting the earth will cause problems with stuff that runs on electricity: GPS signals, power grids, radios and televisions, even people prone to seizures.

So hang on and hope we don’t have a bumpy weekend, because sun screen won’t do any good.