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Gov. Patrick: Stay Home If You Can

Patrick is urging communities to close schools Monday and asking residents to stay off the roads.

As Hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast, Gov. Deval Patrick held another press conference Sunday afternoon to update the public about Hurricane Sandy, urging residents to stay off the roads and asking communities to close schools.

"Soon the entire commonwealth will feel the effects of the hurricane," Patrick said.

The National Weather Service reports that New England will likely see damaging winds, major flooding and beach erosion.

Widespread power outages are likely, and Patrick said there may be an even bigger impact on service than the state had during Hurricane Irene last year.

"To help keep the roads clear for emergency personnel and to keep people safe from flying limbs and debris or from down power lines, I am first of all requesting all schools including colleges and early education programs to close Monday, for the safety of students and employees alike," Patrick said.

Patrick said all non-emergency state workers are asked to stay home Monday, and all state office buildings will be closed.

"And I am encouraging private employers to follow our lead and have their workers stay home as well," Patrick said.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz said coastal communities are in danger of severe coastal flooding and some may need to be evacuated.

"We have urged the coastal communities to carefully evaluate the storm surge that is being predicted and to map out those areas of their communities that are at risk of flooding and to take appropriate action including notifying residents of those areas, businesses of those areas, and if necessary to impose voluntary or mandatory evacuation areas," Schwartz said.

Patrick emphasized the need for community cooperation during and after the storm, especially regarding keeping the roads clear and staying updated on conditions.

"We're going get through this," Patrick said. "We are as well-prepared as we possibly can be."

Locally, many districts have agreed with the governor's recommendation and have already canceled school tomorrow. Area districts that have officially been closed include Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Westwood.

Mark Cain October 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Can't stand that crooked smart ass smile he always has.
Ben Jackson October 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Wow. Pretty disgusting that you can't put partisan politics aside even during a national emergency.
Ed Bertorelli October 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM
that's exactly what Sen. Scott Brown did and pulled out of tomorrow's debate..he put a national emergency ahead of an election
TBH October 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
He's also the sitting senator. It was the obvious move his position allowed him to make. Not saying he was wrong in doing so, but let's not make too much of it...
Ron Goodenow October 29, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Right now there are hundreds of police, fire, EMS people, as well as power company ones, who are risking their necks to help the thousands of people out there who may suffer from this event and we get this kind of hate. It is disgusting and if the poster had any decency he would pull it. And, as for state employees, my wife is one. She drives 110 miles a day to serve the people of this commonwealth and I, for one, am damn glad the governor had the good sense to keep her and her colleagues home today. If one of them had been injured the haters would have blamed the governor and his smile for that. I think there are several people on this blog that ought to get a life. Or at some point should be edited out.

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