A NUMBER OF HIGH PROFILE New York websites have gone down in the wake of the freak storm hitting the eastern US and Canada.
The storm has hit New Yorkers hard. According to a tweet from the mayor's office the city's 911 service was taking 20,000 calls an hour on Monday, 29 October.
This followed other messages about the severity of the situation. "We knew this was going to be a very dangerous storm. And now the storm is meeting our expectations," it said. "New Yorkers: Stay inside. Do not go outside. Being outside is incredibly dangerous."
The account also warned of power outages and building evacuations, and these conditions might have taken down websites including Gizmodo, Gawker and the Huffington Post.
"Gawker is temporarily down because the 57th Street Crane just flooded our servers with sea foam, or something. Back with you shortly," said Gawker, apparently as a response to the events mentioned by the mayor's office.
"Due to crane, buildings on 57th btwn 6th and 7th Aves and all exposed buildings on 56th street btwn 6th and 7th Aves are evacuated."
We can't access Gawker at the time of writing, and the last its Twitter feed said on the subject was, "We're continuing to work on our servers and will be back online as soon as is possible. We miss you already. Stay dry." That was 11 hours ago.
As of 11 minutes ago the Huffington Post was advising its readers that it too is down. It first mentioned its power outages around 8am UK time.
"We're having technical difficulties due to power outages. Working to get site back up. Newsroom still monitoring #Sandy. Will keep tweeting," it said.
Gadget website Gizmodo is also complaining of server problems. It said that its servers are "located in a data center in Lower Manhattan" and had been "knocked out". µ