David C. Bond of Wickford, R.I. checks weather forecasts on his computer… (AP Photo/Steve Ruark )
WASHINGTON -- The National Weather Service's websites for the Eastern part of the U.S. were operating in backup mode Tuesday, offering limited updated information on the remnants of Hurricane Sandy after suffering a systems failure earlier in the day.
Disruptions in the websites serving the Eastern region were caused by a cut fiber-optic line, said Sean Potter, a weather service spokesman.
"As this issue is being resolved, we are now operating our websites in backup mode," Potter said. He would not identify the phone company that owns the line and said the agency had "personnel working diligently on the issue to restore the websites to full capability."
The National Weather Service websites for the region went down around 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.
Instead of up-to-date weather information, the site was posting what it called "temporary information" about weather conditions in the region.
The Eastern region headquarters is in Bohemia, N.Y., a suburb of storm-ravaged New York City.
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