Several major websites are currently down thanks to superstorm Sandy. On Monday, the storm hit the mid-Atlantic states, including New York, and damaged many power structures throughout the entire area. This affected many people and companies, including Internet providers, which meant a lot of popular news websites were down for awhile.
Reported outages affected The Huffington Post, Gawker, and Mediaite. At press time, HP is now up, but limited, Gawker and Mediaite are still down. These weren’t the only websites affected by the outages. Buzzfeed was down earlier and had to resort to using Tumblr pages to report their news, but now they’re back up.
According to CBS News, Buzzfeed released the following statement, “Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power. Datagram’s website also appears to be offline, and online address listings for Datagram place the company in Manhattan’s financial district, which was heavily affected by flooding. “
No word on when we can expect the websites to become available again. The Datagram website reports, “Our phones are not currently working, but our email is working fine and we are standing by. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
They also posted the following notices:
- 10/30 09:07: Downtown NY is still underwater. Mayor Bloomberg is giving an address at 9:45am.
- 10/30 08:49: We are currently waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to assist in pumping out water.
- 10/30 05:34: We are continuing to battle flooding and fiber outages in downtown New York and Connecticut. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and other carriers in the area are down as well. Generators are unable pump fuel due to the flooding in the basements. Downed trees are causing fiber outages all across the northeast. We will provide updates as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Hopefully, Datagram and other ISP server companies in the same vicinity will get their server issues fixed within a few hours.