Weather Websites Felt Internet Storm as Hurricane Approached

As Hurricane Katrina was about to make landfall, many major weather monitoring sites slowed to a crawl under heavy server demands, with sporadic outages reported.

Keynote Systems Inc–a website monitoring company–reports that was largely unavailable from roughly 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday night. It is a contention disputes. The National Weather Service held up well, with drop offs in service speed reported on midday Monday. Major news sites such as and also reported slowdowns as countless users visited in search of news.