Did the sun cause last week’s power fluxations and outage we had? I asked Dominion and here was their response(s):

NOAA and the Space Weather Prediction Center along with the Solar Dynamics Observatory keep an eye on the sky. When Coronal Mass Ejections, or basically large explosions that send charged particles through space are detected. The SWPC will issue warnings here on Earth that allow utilities and other organizations to prepare for possible impacts. So while last Friday’s power hit wasn’t caused by the sun, it is a possibility in the future.

Chief Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson