Originally Posted by Gonzo
I did not know that...
In the last solar storm cycle entire cities in Switzerland lost power for a couple of weeks.
The cycles are supposed to resume next year also. If a big one hits we lose most satellites, and all current operating power systems that aren't protected by a Faraday cage, note almost everything, will be lost. Transformers could literally melt from the excess electricity causing a cycle that could take a very very long time to get power back.