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Seems like’s data center in Northern Virginia just can’t catch a break lately. And now here comes Hurricane Irene.

Officials at the Amazon Web Services facility — a key piece of infrastructure for many high-profile websites, say in an online message to their customers that they’re “closely monitoring Hurricane Irene and making all possible preparations, e.g. generator fuel, food/water, flashlights, radios, extra staff.”

An extended outage at the facility in April caused downtime at sites such as HootSuite, Reddit and Foursquare. That was followed by another, smaller outage a few weeks ago.

The company tells AWS customers that they “can minimize the potential impact of failure scenarios by running their applications redundantly across multiple Availability Zones with no single points of failure in any one AZ.”

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