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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – In addition to cutting power to millions and causing massive flooding across New York City, Superstorm Sandy also brought down several high-profile websites, including Huffington Post and Gawker. Those sites, along with Buzzfeed and Mediaite, apparently went offline after 7:00 p.m. on Monday night.

Popular viral content website Buzzfeed issued a statement explaining that “Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power.”

According to the statement, Buzzfeed received a text message from an official at Datagram, which read, “Basement flooded, fuel pump off line – we got people working on it now. 5 feet of water now.” Datagram’s website also appears to be offline, and online address listings for Datagram place the company in Manhattan’s financial district, which was heavily affected by flooding.

Buzzfeed was offline for much of Monday night but, according to the statement, “Elements of Buzzfeed” were brought back online.

Huffington Post appeared to have come back online at approximately 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, but with a much-reduced homepage. A note said that “We are working around the clock to get the site back to normal,” and that “The news team… is still monitoring everything and will be updating this page with the latest on the storm. We will also update our social media accounts.”

Gawker posted to Twitter at around 10:00 p.m. Monday night, saying “We’re continuing to work on our servers and will be back online as soon as is possible. We miss you already. Stay dry.”

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