A massive thunderstorm near the nation's capital Friday night knocked Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest offline for a few hours.
The three companies suffered major interruptions to their Web services to people everywhere after the huge storm knocked the power from an Amazon data center that the sites rely on. The companies took to social networks to tell their users what was happening.
The problems reportedly lasted six hours. All three services were working by Saturday afternoon.
Amazon said the storm caused its data center to lose power, according to the Associated Press.
"Severe thunderstorms caused us to lose primary and backup generator power to an Availability Zone in our east region overnight,” an Amazon spokeswoman said, according to Wired. “We have restored service to most of our impacted customers and continue to work to restore service for our remaining impacted customers.”
The storm caused power outages in and around the Washington, D.C., area, knocking out electricity for more than 1 million people, and they may not see it restored for several days, according to the Huffington Post. The storm also knocked down trees, caused wind damage and killed at least five people in the area.