Federal agencies announce closures, sign off Twitter

The effect of the government shutdown was felt in cyberspace this morning as federal agencies used their Twitter accounts to announce they were closing and they would stop tweeting — and at least one agency’s Web page was completely taken down.

The US Department of Agriculture page said, “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.”

The Smithsonian tweeted that all its museums and the National Zoo in Washington would be closed until further notice.

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NASA tweeted that all its activities and events were canceled or postponed. The Education Department said it would stop tweeting.

Closer to home, the National Weather Service office in Taunton tweeted it would provide weather forecasts and “critical weather support” but it said it would be unable to respond to “non-critical” questions.

As the looming threat of a widespread federal government shutdown grew from a probability to certainty, other federally funded agencies and organizations in the Boston area prepared Monday to close their doors or furlough employees today, a grim procedure that will probably have immediate repercussions for tourists and for some businesses and organizations around the region, the Globe reports this morning.

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