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Hurricane Sandy Prompts N.Y. Times, WSJ to Drop Paywalls (Updated)

National newspapers give away their coverage

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal lifted paywalls on their sites on Monday for readers seeking updates on Hurricane Sandy.

Getty ImagesReaders now have open-access to the full sites. Newsday, a Long Island-based tabloid, also removed its paywall.

The Journal tweeted last night that the free ride on its site would be available throughout the day on Monday.

New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told TheWrap that the newspaper took down the paywall at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday and said it would remain that way for the "duration of the weather emergency."

Updated at 11 p.m. EDT with statement from the New York Times Co.