A solar storm will be hitting the United States soon, so the country is preparing for the possibility.
The National Weather Service issued an advisory Friday morning, warning that the sun will be in the southern half of the country, from California through Texas and New Mexico, from late September through the beginning of October.
It’s possible for the storm to cause a brief disruption to cellular networks, but the National Weather service warns that most of the damage will be confined to the southern United States.
The weather service predicts that solar storms will cause an average of 1.8 to 4.0 inches of snowfall in the northern half of our country during the first weekend in October, and 4.8 inches of precipitation in the second weekend in September.
“The storm will bring winds of up to 80 mph, and hail of up the order of 10 inches,” the weather service warned.
“On average, up to two inches of hail can fall during a storm.
A storm surge of 6 feet or greater is possible.”
The weather bureau says the weather system is expected to bring damaging winds to parts of Florida, the Carolinas, the Northeast, and western New England.
It may also bring heavy snow to parts in the Midwest, as well as freezing rain to parts east of the Rocky Mountains.
The storm will likely bring gusty winds and a high of over 100 mph.
“In the event of a major solar storm, the sun could produce as much as 2.5 to 5.6 inches of rain,” the National Meteorological Center warns.
“These heavy rainfall events are associated with severe weather.”
The National Hurricane Center is predicting the most severe storm to hit the Northeast next week.
The region could see up to 1.5 inches of rainfall in the first week of October, which is about 1.3 inches below normal.
The heaviest snow will fall in New England, where a snowfall of up 4 inches is expected.
“This storm is very unpredictable and the most dangerous,” the storm center warns.
The severe weather watch is issued for the entire contiguous United States on the evening of Monday, September 30, from 6 p.m. to midnight local time.
The hurricane watch for the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean is extended to the eastern and northernmost states on Tuesday, October 1, from 7 p.mm. to 11 p. mm.