How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet? [VIDEO]

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Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm's rain and winds. Apart from the water and wind damage, hurricanes have a history of knocking out the tech that keeps us going.

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Datacenters are most critical. Housing hundreds of computers that power sites like Netflix and Dropbox, Amazon, Apple and Google all rely on these server farms. And we all rely on the cloud services they provide -- Amazon’s cloud is powering at least one percent of the entire Internet.

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The servers, housed largely in Virginia and other high-intensity storm zones, have had a history of being taken down, but companies are feverishly working to fortify their centers before Sandy strikes.

So if all goes well, those pinned down by the storm can keep busy on Pinterest and Reddit until Sandy blows away.

Check out the video above to see footage of the storm thus far and our studied analysis of what to expect.

What do you plan to do if the Internet goes down? Tell us in the comments below.

BONUS: 6 Clever Ways to Charge Your Devices in a Pinch

1. Drive

If you have a car charger, plug in your device during your next drive to the supermarket. You can find very inexpensive versions compatible with most portable devices on retail sites like Amazon. But try to preserve the environment — don't cruise your car just to charge your phone. Kill two birds with one stone and make an errand out of it. Image courtesy of Flickr, e_walk

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