Recent Storms Demonstrate How Vulnerable U.S. Is....
Last Friday, a rare weather event known as 'Super Derecho'
literally blew across some of the most populated areas of the United
States. A derecho is a strong wind that precedes a fast moving
thunderstorm. In cases when the winds are very strong and accompanying
storms are widespread and travel for miles, they are referred to as a 'Super Derecho'.
In the case of last Friday’s Super Derecho, the storm formed over
northern Indiana and then traveled over 700 miles across Ohio, northern
Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. in only
12 hours time. Wind gusts in some areas reached 90 miles per hour,
equivalent to hurricane force winds, knocking the power out to over 3 million Americans.
Some of those without power may not get theirs back on until this
coming weekend. My brother in Virginia is one of those that may go an
entire week without power. Fortunately, he has a generator with which
to power his refrigerator and freezer and lights at night, but not
enough to run his air conditioning. However, most people do not have
generators and will end up losing hundreds of dollars’ worth of food.
As I was reading about the outages and some of the comments, I
couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if the country was hit with a
large enough EMP (electromagnetic pulse) burst. If a large enough EMP
burst occurred over a major city such as Washington D.C. or New York, it
would disable almost every electronic device in the area. Computers
and power grids would go down and probably stay down for weeks to months
until they could be repaired or replaced.
According to Alex Jones’ Inforwars,
a massive solar storm or nuclear explosion high in the atmosphere,
would result in an EMP burst sufficient enough that could shut down
large sections of the United States and possibly the entire country.
The results would be catastrophic. It would not only shut down
electricity, but it would destroy all air travel, banking, commerce,
financial and defense systems. Virtually all travel would be brought to
a halt as no one could pump gasoline for their cars or diesel for
trucking. No one could use their cell phones, iPods or any other form
Such an EMP burst would not only just shut down all electronic
devices; it would also destroy most electronically stored records and
data. Once systems were repaired or replaced, it would take years of
sorting through paper records to restore some of the data, while many
records and data would be lost forever. Basically, the country would be
thrown back a hundred years or more and we would be left vulnerable to a
number of different attacks.
Keep watching the news about last
Friday’s storm and the impact it had. That may be a small peek of what may be in store for us someday.....
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