Ike causes record internet outages

September 18, 2008 7:59:14 AM PDT
Ike not only has left major destruction and loss of life but it causing other problems. A firm that tracks Internet connectivity says the power blackouts that followed Ike have caused the widest outage for U.S. Internet service since 2003.

Among the hardest hit areas were Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But Renesys Corporation says the storm also caused widespread Internet outages in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.

Surrounding states had scattered outages as well. That represents the largest area to lose its connections to the Internet since the Northeast blackout of 2003.