WASHINGTON Oct 30 Floods, high winds, snow and
related power outages brought on by Hurricane Sandy knocked out
a small number of 911 call centers, forcing the emergency
service to be re-routed, the Federal Communications Commission's
top official said on Tuesday.
Some of the rerouted calls came in without location
information that police or firefighters need to find the caller,
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told a news conference to
discuss communications outages.
FCC officials declined to say where the affected call
FCC officials also said that 25 percent of cell phone towers
and other cell sites in the states hit by Sandy were knocked out
of service while still more were running on backup power.
"I want to emphasize that the storm is not over. Our
assumption is that communications outages could get worse before
they get better," said Genachowski, adding that he was
particularly concerned about additional wireless outages.