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Websites knocked offline by Sandy

  • Numerous U.S. news and gossip websites went offline overnight due to a New York power outage caused by super-storm Sandy.

    The websites were knocked offline at around 7pm New York time on Monday after electricity supplier ConEd cut power in parts of lower Manhattan, where many are hosted.

    Sites such as the Huffington Post, Gizmodo, BuzzFeed and Gawker Media were affected.

    Sandy battered the eastern coast of the U.S. on Monday night, triggering devastating floods and leaving more than 8 million homes without electricity. At least 40 people have died.

    President Barack Obama has declared a "major disaster" in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

    The Huffington Post published updates on a special page, along with on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.

    Some of Buzzfeeds’ content was back online via content delivery service Akamai, which has servers around the world.