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Solar flare disrupts Hurricane Ian rescue missions in US! This is what happened

Eruptions of X-class solar flares temporarily halted emergency services conducting disaster relief and rescue missions in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

On Sunday, October 2, areas in the US hit by Hurricane Ian suffered a temporary setback as the sun shot powerful X-class flares toward Earth. The solar flare’s charge disrupted communications systems and briefly rendered the various disaster relief and rescue missions useless. This timing proved to be extremely critical as the hurricane caused massive damage to life and property and emergency services sought to rescue the victims, who are fighting between life and death, as quickly as possible.

But the wrath of the sun came as a double blow to the people of Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, the hardest hit regions in the US. According to an report by Space.com, “The solar flare, a powerful X1 (the mildest form of the strongest category of solar flares) burst out of the sun at 3:53 p.m. EDT (1953 GMT) Sunday and peaked about 30 minutes later. solar flares travel at the speed of light, the burst of electromagnetic radiation caused instant radio interference for up to an hour on the sun-facing side of the planet.” According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the entire U.S. was covered by the effect of this radio interference.

Massive solar flare strikes emergency services in Hurricane Ian affected area

NOAA has classified the radio outage from the solar flare as the strong R3 category. This directly affected 25 MHz radio channels used to conduct rescue missions in an area where the hurricane has knocked down all cell network towers. It also disrupted GPS systems and made them less accurate, reducing the ability of emergency services to pinpoint the exact location of victims.

The solar flare erupted in sunspot AR3110. The sunspot is now gone. However, an even more powerful sunspot called AR3112 has appeared in its place and is believed to be capable of causing much stronger solar flares. Further, as solar winds increase due to a number of coronal mass ejections (CME) released into space on October 3, more atmospheric disturbances are expected to occur this week.

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