Officials of the U.S. and the UK are working to reduce power to prevent the destruction of a network of solar storms

Officials in Britain and the United States are preparing to make controlled power cuts in their national electricity supplies in response to a warning of possible powerful solar storm strikes the Earth. In an interview with Independent, Thomas Bogdan, director of the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, said that controlled power "off" will protect the national power grid "for the damage that can take months or even years to repair should a large solar storm hit the Earth with no action precautions are taken. Dr. Bogdan is in close discussions with scientists in the UK met Office, to set up a second space weather prediction center in the UK for coordinating the global response to the threat seriously considered, both in the U.S. and the UK Government. One topic for discussion, how to protect national electricity network, with huge surges caused by geomagnetic storms, which are when highly energetic solar particles collide with Earth's magnetic field. The most vulnerable parts of the network are hundreds of transformers connected to power lines many miles long that can experience sudden current peaks during geomagnetic solar storm, Dr Bogdan said. "This points to a potential scenario where a large part or North America and northern Europe may be without power days or weeks, perhaps months, and in exceptional cases, there are estimates that it could last years," 'said Bogdan. —Independent British

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