Hurricane knocked out power in Anguilla.
Some domain name transactions for .AI domain names, which have become popular for artificial intelligence companies, are not working due to Hurricane Irma.
The hurricane hit the island nation of Anguilla, which is actually what .AI stands for. Thanks to the distributed nature of domain servers, .ai domains are still resolving. But transactions that involve interfacing with the registry (e.g new registrations and transfers) are currently not functioning.
Whois.ai, the registry’s official website, is also offline.
I reached out to Vincent Cate who manages the .AI domain in Anguilla and received what I believe is an autoresponder. It states:
Hurricane Irma took out the power grid on the island. My office is in a 32 unit building and the landlord will turn on the generator 8 am Monday. He wants to conserve fuel till he can secure more fuel and so may only run weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm Anguilla time for awhile.