Hurricane Sandy: Huffington Post Back Online, Gawker Site Still Down
News web sites The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed were back up Wednesday after experiencing outages following a New York power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
But gossip site Gawker and gadget site Gizmodo as of early Wednesday were still operating via a back-up site.
“Our New York City data center is still offline thanks to Hurricane Sandy,” a note at gawker.com said. “We are working as quickly as possible to restore the full site, but in the interim you can view updates at http://updates.gawker.com.” Gizmodo also still had a similar message at gizmodo.com as of Wednesday morning.
Most data centers on the East Coast have failsafe systems in place, which had been tested in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, according to reports. But not all of them were a match for the storm.
Huffington Post worked around the temporary blackout by publishing updates on Twitter and Facebook, including a hand-drawn "front page." Gizmodo ran a live blog despite technical glitches.
“Reeling” was the headline of the Huffington Post’s U.S. edition’s lead story early Wednesday. “East Coast Copes With Sandy’s Staggering Aftermath,” it continued.