Sandy takes out Gawker, Huffpo and other sites

Hurricane Sandy

Not everyone’s data centers were ready for Hurricane Sandy. Several major media sites — Buzzfeed, Gawker, Huffington Post — took major hits early Monday evening Eastern Time. The problems were all attributed to massive storm, which made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., at around 8 p.m. local time.

Update: Many of these sites were impacted when Con Ed shut off power to lower Manhattan.

To put the media outages into perspective, more than 3 million people in the storm’s path have no power, according to The Weather Channel’s Hurricane Central.

Stay tuned for updates.

Update 2 (1:15am ET): Gawker is still down completely, and BuzzFeed has only partially recovered, with many story pages still unavailable. The site’s team is instead using Tumblr to update its readers on the hurricane.

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