In addition to the physical property damage that Hurricane Sandy has caused, we’re also seeing its effect on online properties. Although the storm was downgraded last night to a cyclone, it’s impact on New York and the surrounding areas was large.
One of the first effects was the loss of power by hundreds of thousands of individual homes and businesses. Some of those that lost power were Internet service providers and their power loss resulted in major websites going down. These websites included Mediate, Gawker and the Huffington Post. As such, users around the country (and world) that were interested in learning more about this Superstorm had to turn to other websites or more traditional media outlets such as radio and television.
From what we have heard, the cause of outage of these websites was localized flooding combined with power loss at Datagram’s Manhattan server farm. As New York begins the long clean up from this hurricane, we’re starting to see the websites come back online as well, but it has been a slow process. If you are interested in learning more about Hurricane Sandy as well as seeing images from the ground, head on over to sites such as Instagram which has seen more then 10 picture uploads per second at the height of the storm.