Outstanding input Malgus!
I also forgot to mention the fact that there are usually a few thousand aircraft in the air at any given time over CONUS. Yes planes can survive a lightning strike, but most people would assume that an EMP would really screw with it, enough to bring MOST of them down (might be a few that, with skilled pilots, may be able to bring them down relatively safely).
So we’d have to take into consideration that around major flight paths and airports, there would be unspeakable destruction if many of these airliners and other aircraft come crashing down. Pardon my french, but that alone would be really fucked up, not to mention the effects of the EMP on everything else.
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.