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Solar Storm Hits Earth, Diverts Flights

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BY JONATHAN KETZ

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If you had a flight across the North Pole Wednesday, chances are it may have been rerouted. That's because a solar storm hit planet Earth. While many stargazers craned their necks skyward to see the site, the celestial storm was a literal pain in the neck for others. Here's Fox News....

"Cell phone service may hiccup. The energy is so powerful. It can interfere with radio communications used by airlines navigating flights between North America, Europe, and Asia."

Delta Airlines re-directed half a dozen flights scheduled to pass over the North Pole. The flights flew a more southerly route instead. Here's WEWS.

Mike: "Good news is no problems to report, but Delta just did not want to take any chances there."
Macie:"I can't say I blame them."

The interference also hampered some utility and satellite companies. CBS News explains.

"It forced some utilities to boost power to compensate for electrical interference. It interfered with some satellite transmissions, and forced some planes to reroute because of radio interference near the North Pole."

The people not affected by flights or power outages --- got to see a pretty cool light show.

Streams of light filled up the sky in Finland. Even with the strong flares soaring skyward --- CNN says, it could have been worse.

Rob: "If this was an X flare, this would be a major event that would trigger wide scale blackouts. But, they think it was an M-9 flare with possible blackouts throughout the day."

CNN's Rob Marciano says nobody needs to go out and buy an iron vest. NASA adds solar storms can't harm humans.

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