Shutdown affects government sites, but Weather.gov remains up as storm looms

A weather forecast has a tropical storm or hurricane headed for the U.S. Gulf Coast

The U.S. National Weather Service's, Weather.gov, displays weather alerts Friday, despite a government shutdown.

The U.S. National Weather Service's, Weather.gov, displays weather alerts Friday, despite a government shutdown.

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.

But Weather.gov displayed a map of the U.S. with current weather alerts Friday, including a warning for tropical storm Karen, with a hurricane watch for the Gulf coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The weather service expects landfall by Sunday morning.

"Because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown," a message on Weather.gov said.

The National Hurricane Center's website, at NHC.noaa.gov, also remained in operation.

The website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.gov, also was operating at a limited capacity on Friday. FEMA is the main agency that responds to disasters such as hurricanes. "Due to the lapse in federal funding, portions of this website may not be updated and some non-disaster assistance transactions submitted via the website may not be processed or responded to until after appropriations are enacted," FEMA.gov said.

Many workers at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have remained on the job during the shutdown. Justice.gov was up Friday, although a notice said some portions were not being updated. FBI.gov was up, but had a similar message.

The FBI announced the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, allegedly the operator of the drug-selling Silk Road website, on Wednesday, a day after the shutdown.

The DOJ brought criminal charges against 13 people alleged to be members of the hacker group Anonymous on Thursday.

The Patent and Trademark Office, and its website, UPPTO.gov, also remained open.

Several other U.S. government websites were down this week.

The Federal Communications Commission's website, FCC.gov, included this message: "We regret the disruption, but during the Federal Government-wide shutdown, the FCC is limited to performing duties that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property. FCC online systems will not be available until further notice."

The Federal Trade Commission's website was also closed. Consumers will not be able to file complaints or register for the agency's do-not-call list during the shutdown, the agency said.

The National Security Agency's website was up, but a message said it was not being updated.

Data.gov, the government's website for publishing agency data and statistics, was closed.

Also down are NASA.gov, Archives.gov, USDA.gov and Trade.gov, the website for the International Trade Administration.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is grant_gross@idg.com.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags U.S. Federal Bureau of InvestigationU.S. Department of JusticeU.S. Federal Trade CommissionGovernment use of ITU.S. National Security AgencyU.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeU.S. National Weather ServiceU.S. Federal Communications CommissionU.S. Federal Emergency Management AgencygovernmentU.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Grant Gross

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?