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October 7, 2013

Shutdown Affects Government Sites, but Weather.gov Remains Up As Storm Looms

IDG News Service (Washington, D.C., Bureau) — As a tropical storm and possible hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast of the U.S., the National Weather Service's website was churning out weather alerts Friday, despite a partial U.S. government shutdown that has affected citizens' access to other online resources.

The National Weather Service's website, Weather.gov, was one officials deemed as essential after a budget fight in Congress led to a partial government shutdown Tuesday. The website for weather service parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, displayed a notice saying it was unavailable during the shutdown.

"Only web sites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained," said a message at NOAA.gov.

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http://www.cio.com/article/740977/Shutdown_Affects_Government_Sites_but_Weather.gov_Remains_Up_As_Storm_Looms