[WP] a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits the earth flipping our magnetic-sphere and essentially EMP's the whole planet. All governments fail before they can provide national power. Tell your story. Where were you for the blackout of 2015?

See "This post was submitted on Monday, December 21, 2015" on /r/nosleep - it was removed, so ...

Hello, Reddit - I have a feeling that I don't have much time.

This morning (December 21st - yes, exactly three years after the Mayan apocalypse) I woke up in front of a Windows 7 laptop in my old house (<ADDRESS REDACTED>, where I lived between April 2014 and May 2015) and an unfamiliar man told me that I could communicate with the Internet of December 21, 2014. If all goes well, you should receive this at about 8:30 a.m. UK time on that long-ago Sunday morning.

Please heed this warning - something terrible will happen at 10:50 p.m. New York time and 7:50 p.m. California time on Thursday, April 30th, 2015. At that time, either due to a solar storm or due to a series of nuclear weapons detonated at high altitude (we don't know exactly what caused it even though it's been almost 8 months), the power will go out. I'm not even sure where it will go out - definitely across the UK (or rather the former UK) and almost definitely on the east coast of the U.S., in southern Canada near Ottawa and throughout Europe, as surely they would have sent aid to us by now.

But at 3:50 a.m. British time on Friday 1st May 2015 the power will go out - planes will fall from the sky, refrigeration will stop, taps and toilets will stop working ( like it's 1981 :) ), food distribution will stop, riots will break out by about the fifth of May, outbreaks of water-borne diseases will occur and millions of people will die from hunger, thirst or water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

As I write today is Monday, December 21st (the winter solstice is at 4:48am GMT tomorrow) - two hundred and thirty-four days after the lights went out - so people are starting to die of hypothermia as well.

You can't stop the blackout - no-one can - but at least you can use these last one hundred and thirty-one days to prepare for it.

This post was submitted on Monday, December 21, 2015.

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