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Strong solar storm hits Earth, could disrupt communications and produce northern lights in US

Storm is the first in nearly 20 years

This image provided by NASA shows a solar flare, as seen in the bright flash in the lower right, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Thursday, May 9. A severe geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for Earth starting Friday and lasting all weekend — the first in nearly 20 years. (NASA/SDO via AP)
By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer
An unusually strong solar storm hitting Earth could produce northern lights in the U.S. this weekend
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