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Widespread GPS and cell phone problems possible in New York
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Widespread GPS and cell phone problems possible in New York

If you’re traveling through New York this weekend, you may want to have a paper map backup.

The storms could ultimately impact satellite communications, which could impact GPS and cell phone services across the state.

NOAA officials have warned that these solar storms could cause glitches and fluctuations in GPS systems.

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Electricity transmission and satellite communications could also be affected by the storms. In some places, GPS function may deteriorate or be unusable for hours.

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In 2003, severe geomagnetic storms destroyed power grids in Sweden and South Africa. Experts say even if the storms pass this weekend, there could be GPS problems for days.

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The good news is that there are several navigation satellites in orbit whose service should not be lost for long.

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