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East Coast Cellphone Services Were Out Of Order In Irene Affected Areas

Hurricane-IreneWireless networks fell silent on this Sunday in various coastal areas of North Carolina as well as southern Virginia, but people were able to make phone calls in the majority areas affected by Tropical Storm Irene, the Federal Communications Commission has confirmed that.

Networks in the largest population center in the course of the storm, the greater New York metropolitan area, were mostly spared.

Nearly 400 cell towers were out of order in North Carolina and Virginia, with power interruptions the main reason. An additional 200 towers were operated on backup power by Saturday night and could be stopped when their backup batteries or generators run dry, Barnett said.

Landline phone service was also dead for about 125,000 households on the coastal areas, as per the FCC’s confirmation. Furthermore 250,000 customers have lost cable service, and few of them could have phone service from the cable operators, which would then also be out of order.

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