STATUS: Hurricane Bonnie

Sean Donelan SEAN at SDG.DRA.COM
Thu Aug 27 16:26:12 UTC 1998

I seem to have become the unofficial outage reporter for the Internet.

Now that Hurricane Bonnie has been downgraded to a tropical storm, how
did the net fair?

First things first.  So far no reported deaths or serious injuries.

There was some rain-fade on microwave and vsat circuits, and a few
individual local loop circuits to end-users are down.  But no reported
backbone or regional affecting outages.  The bulk of site outages seems
to be related to loss of electrical power at the end-user site, not in
the Internet facilities.  Bell South had pre-positioned generators at
their major central offices. One emergency management agency did loose
both commercial power and their backup generator at one point during
the storm.

During a hurricane, backhoe activity slows down :-)  The dangerous
time will be during the cleanup efforts as flooding may have unearthed
facilities throughout the eastern part of the state.

The National Hurricane Center took their web site off the net due to
the load it was putting on the rest of their network.  This seemed to
be a deliberate mitigation act rather than a failure.

During the last 24 hours, the only major carrier outage I've seen was
on the other coast of the united states.  MCI lost a number of circuits
in southern California (San Diego/Los Angeles) this morning due to
equipment failure.
Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
  Affiliation given for identification not representation

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