Hurricane Sandy Knocks Out Gawker, Huffington Post

8:04 AM PST 10/30/2012 by THR Staff
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News sites publish updates on Twitter and Facebook as servers are hit by power outage.

Several U.S. news and gossip sites, including Gawker and Huffington Post, went offline overnight because of a New York power outage caused by post-tropical storm Sandy,  reported the Guardian.

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The websites went offline at about 7 p.m. New York time on Monday after electricity supplier ConEd cut power in parts of lower Manhattan.

Huffington Post worked around the blackout by publishing updates on Twitter and Facebook – including a hand-drawn "front page" – while the gadget site Gizmodo ran a liveblog despite the technical glitches, the Guardian said.

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The Matthattan power cuts hit several other popular U.S. sites, including Gawker and Buzzfeed.

On Tuesday Huffingtonpost.com was operating a cut-down version of its main front page. A message stated: "Due to power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, our own website is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working around the clock to get the site back to normal. The news team, which has offices around the US and in other countries, is still monitoring everything and will be updating this page with the latest on the storm."

Other major media outlets were also hit. The Manhattan local news channel NY1 went off the air for a couple of hours on Monday evening, and the NPR station WYNC was forced to run on a backup generator.

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