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Gov. Patrick: Hoping For Best, Planning For Worst

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon, saying that the path of Hurricane Sandy, which is tracking north, could hit Sunday night and linger into Wednesday.

Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and held a press conference Saturday afternoon to update to the public about how Massachusetts is preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy is currently a category 1 hurricane rolling up the Atlantic and is expected to turn northwest on Sunday afternoon. Impact on New England from the storm is expected by Sunday night and could linger until Wednesday.

"While we continue to hope for the best, we are planning for the worst," Patrick said.

There may be coastal flooding, severe beach erosion, damaging winds, widespread power outages, and possibly 5 inches or more of rain.

"This afternoon I declared a state of emergency commonwealth-wide," Patrick said. "This enables us to cut through some of the red tape sometimes involved in securing the necessary services, supplies and personnel I want to be sure we have in advance of Hurricane Sandy reaching us."

Patrick added that there were 200 National Guard members on duty Saturday and would be 1,000 on duty by Monday to supply armories, fill sandbags, assist victims and transport emergency personnel.

The administration is also in constant contact with utility companies, as widespread power outages are expected.

Patrick advised residents to complete any errands they may have by Sunday evening. Residents may be asked to stay off the roads during the storm. For T-service updates, customers are urged to visit mbta.com.

Check with Patch for updates leading up to, during and after the storm.

Josh Chace October 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I work in a job that is considered to be "vital to the operation" so "staying off the roads" isn't an option for me, but hopefully others heed the warning. Better to be overprepared than underprepared.
Raj October 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
There is a misconception that various restrictions or bans automatically are triggered when there is a Gubernatorial State of Emergency in place. This is not so. The declaration of a State of Emergency does not in itself affect the operation of private enterprise. Travel is not automatically banned; businesses and schools are not automatically closed. http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/what-is-a-gubernatorial-state-of-emergency.html
david mokal October 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Only in the storm of 78' was driving banned. Only essential people were allowed such as nurses,doctors,public service employees. The National Guard was checking all ID's and permitts at different intersections. I have a lady freind who will have to work tommoro at Home Depot. But I also see people putting out their recycling and trash. I would imagine that there would not be any pick ups in this wind.
beth carroll October 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
...but perhaps a few takeoffs, depending on the winds?
denise October 28, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Feel bad for people in Retail...their bosses are not always 'understanding' I mean...there are plenty of stupid people heading out shopping at Toys R Us tomorrow!

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