Keep in mind that we're still in solar minimum. To have this much activity before solar cycle 24 maximum is a tell for things to come. We'll see how a minor CME event affects our communications and electric grid starting today.
This went out of the sun's surface on August 7th, 2010. It's hitting us, they say, on August 10th, 2010.
Dr. Kaku said on Fox News that we're in for a Y-Solar Storm event rivalling the Carrington event that melted transformers, set fire to telegraph offices, and caused the northern lights nearer to the equator. NOAA says it would take five years to a decade and a half to repair the United States' electrical grid, were this to happen.