Weekend Storms Cause ‘Catastrophic’ Damage To Power Grid, Gingrich: Just A Taste Of What An EMP Would Do
Or, I might add, a taste of what a large solar flare could do …
By Ian Simpson – “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Relentless heat was forecast for much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.2 million customers without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 15 people.
Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a record-breaking heat wave.
‘Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days,’ the National Weather Service said.
Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare ‘super derecho’ storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometre) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean.
About 2.2 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power Monday morning, with the biggest concentration of outages in the Washington area…
Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic.” Read more.
Newt Gingrich on D.C. Weather: ‘Mild Taste of What an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Attack Would Do’ – “Newt Gingrich issued a warning, based on the destructive storms that hit the Washington, D.C. area over the weekend, on Twitter: ‘Friend and coauthor bill forstchen notes washington-baltimore blackout mild taste of what an emp (electromagnetic pulse) attack would do’ — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 2, 2012 And, later, the former Republican presidential candidate added: ‘Forstchen’s novel “one second after” is an amazingly vivid story ofsmall town’s struggles after all electricity has been destroyed by emp’” Read more.
Flashback: A Warning From Russia: An EMP Attack ‘May Be Right Around the Corner’ That Will Kill Many Millions – “An EMP attack against the United States has been written about and discussed openly within China, North Korea, and Iran, as well as Russia, and is contained within the military doctrine of all four countries. Iran has even practiced launching a missile from a ship in the Caspian Sea, and detonated Shahab-III MRBMs at high-altitude. These are real threats, from entities who know exactly what our country’s vulnerabilities are. Indeed, the members of our House of Representatives know exactly how destructive an EMP attack on our country would be, as evidenced by the unanimous passage of the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act in 2010…” Read more.