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Some Bay Area companies were feeling the wrath Tuesday of Hurricane Sandy, which blasted the eastern part of the nation.

Google (GOOG) and Facebook both closed their New York offices this week and canceled press events they had planned in Manhattan to promote new products.

The Associated Press reported that a power outage affected some data centers located in the uptown Manhattan building that also houses Google's New York offices, but a Google spokeswoman declined to comment except to say that the Manhattan office would be closed "until further notice." The company has data centers worldwide and there was no indication that the outages affected Google searches or other consumer services on the Web.

Google had invited reporters to an event Monday morning in lower Manhattan where it planned to show off new Nexus tablets and a smartphone running the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system. But it canceled the event Sunday and instead announced the products on its blog.

Facebook had also planned to hold an event Monday at the FAO Schwarz toy store in Manhattan to promote its new "Facebook Gifts" program, an online service that lets people buy toys and other gifts for their friends on the social network. A company spokesman said the event will be rescheduled.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) of San Jose, which makes computer networking equipment, issued a statement saying it had closed six offices in storm-impacted areas, but none were damaged and all were expected to be reopened Thursday.

"Our employees have been encouraged to work remotely wherever it makes sense to do so," the statement said, adding that "we have begun to see a small handful of customer requests for support start to come in." A company crisis team has been activated to respond to the appeals, which mostly involve replacing Cisco equipment damaged by water, the statement said.

Santa Clara chipmaker Intel (INTC) also was affected by the storm.

"Some of our offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are closed because of unstable or zero power," said spokesman Chuck Mulloy. "In some cases roads are impassable, in other cases Internet connectivity has been impacted." He added that production has been idled at a manufacturing plant in Hudson, Mass., but that the facility was still open.

At a small Intuitive Surgical office in Milford, Conn., "the power is out there and most of the employees' power is out at their homes, so those trying to work from home can't," said the Sunnyvale medical-device firm's spokeswoman Angela Wonson. But she added that "it's not a huge impact for us."

On Monday, the foul weather closed the Boxborough, Mass., office of Sunnyvale chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices and the 76-employee office in Chelmsford, Mass., of San Jose chip seller Maxim Integrated Products, according to company officials. But both offices were reopened Tuesday, they said.

Los Gatos-based Netflix (NFLX) said it actually saw an increase in business due to people forced to hunker down at home with little but a good movie to help them pass the stormy hours.

Spokesman Joris Evers said the company saw its normal Monday usage for streaming movies double, driven by high numbers of customers in hard-hit cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

"We're very happy that we can provide some entertainment while they are riding out the storm," Evers said. Children's programs were particularly hot, since the storm kept many kids home from school.

Netflix also lost some customers whose power was knocked out. And with mail delivery canceled, its DVD delivery service will come to a halt. However, Evers said none of the Netflix distribution centers were damaged and "we can go back up and running" once mail delivery has resumed.

Staff writer Dana Hull contributed to this report. Contact Steve Johnson at sjohnson@mercurynews.com or 408-920-5043. Follow him at Twitter.com/steveatmercnews.