Sandy knocks Huffington Post and others offline

The wrath of Sandy is being felt on the web as well as the ground today, as the mammoth storm continues to knock major websites offline.

Internet news behemoth The Huffington Post has been the biggest casualty thus far, with the site reporting the issue via Twitter on Tuesday morning UK time. “We're having technical difficulties due to power outages,” the message reads. “Working to get site back up. Newsroom still monitoring #Sandy. Will keep tweeting.”

As well as the social media fall-back, HuffPo has installed a basic temporary site at status.huffingtonpost.com which continues to post news about the storm sweeping across the East Coast of the United States.

The page includes a notice explaining the problems, reading, “Due to power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, our own website is experiencing technical difficulties.

“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.”

New York based Gawker.com, a popular source for media news and gossip has also been hit with outages and remains offline. Problems had also been reported with Buzzfeed and Gizmodo, but at the time of writing both sites were back online.

The website outages are not the first incidents of Sandy impacting on the tech world. Yesterday, Google's eagerly anticipated Nexus launch event was cancelled due to the storm, though the Mountain View firm still went ahead in unveiling its new Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet, as well as a 3G version of its Nexus 7 slate.

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