engine - 3:05 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Americans affected by storm Sandy were unable to access some popular news and commentary websites as power cuts in Lower Manhattan knocked several offline.
Sites such as the Huffington Post, Gizmodo and BuzzFeed, along with all Gawker Media sites, were affected.
Many organisations tweeted that the culprit was a battery failure caused by flooding in a data centre.
The websites went down early on Monday evening as the storm hit.
Hurricane Sandy's Effects Knock Out Popular Web Sites [bbc.co.uk]