Normally, bad weather on a Friday night is a good excuse to stay home and watch a movie, but not this week. Friday night's quick-moving thunderstorms hit several states from Indiana to Maryland, but the storm's impact was felt around the Web.
The storm, which packed winds of up to 90 mph, knocked out power to millions of homes -- and to some of Amazon's Cloud services in Northern Virginia. That took Netflix offline. Web users who went hunting for other distractions found even more frustration, as Pinterest.com was also knocked offline, and the Instagram photo-sharing service wasn't working either.
At 1:15 a.m. ET, Pinterest.com posted a simple message: "We'll be back soon." And, in a message of its Twitter account at about 1:45 a.m. ET, it said, "We're back! Our team is continuing to work on some remaining issues that may impact performance. Thanks for your patience and happy pinning!"
Amazon's Cloud services status page was full of power-related error messages. Amazon's ElastiCache, for example, indicated that starting at 8:43 p.m., the service was "affected by a power event." At 9:25 p.m., this message was posted: "We can confirm that a large number of cache clusters are impaired. We are actively working on recovering them."
Netflix users took to Twitter to air their disbelief at the service outage.
"Netflix isn't working on possibly the most emotional night of my life. It's official ... this is NOT real life," wrote one Twitter user.
"Everything good is down," complained another.
Neither Netflix nor Amazon can be blamed for Mother Nature's ferocious attack. The storm, which swept through Virginia and Maryland during a harrowing two-hour stretch, uprooted trees across the region, closed roads and damaged homes, and is currently blamed for at least one death.