Major News Websites Face Downtime from Sandy

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Major news website faced technical outages early Tuesday due to issues generated by superstorm Sandy, currently impacting the U.S. east coast.

Internet newspaper The Huffington Post ran with a stripped down version of its web presence.

“We are working around the clock to get the site back to normal. The news team, which has offices around the U.S. and in other countries, is still monitoring everything and will be updating this page with the latest on the storm,” read a statement on the homepage.

Other sites included Gawker, BuzzFeed and Gizmodo, according to a report from the BBC.

Similar to the Huffington Post, Gawkwer ran with what it described as an “oldschool” version of the site ( while it said its servers were recovering via its Twitter account.

Attempting to visit, meanwhile, displayed an image reading “connect to upstream server timedout.”

A report from DataCenterKnowledge, meanwhile, indicated some of the website downtime for Gawker and Gizmodo had been caused by flooding at hosting provider Datagram’s N.Y. data center. Sandy has had a devastating effect, causing power outages, flooding and sixteen deaths, according to CNN.