RE: Global Blackout
This creates an incoming problem for the Insight mission which was launched in May. If Insight must land during this storm, NASA will need to modify its landing procedures in order to counter issues associated with the storm.
Mars dust storms are seasonal and the Insight mission is slated to land in November:
Mars dust storms also kill the sunlight, cool down the surface and this kills off the wind strength. Let's hope the storm will kill itself off before the landing in November.