BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says all city public schools will
be closed Monday and nonessential city employees should stay home Monday
because of an approaching superstorm expected to bring high winds, coastal
flooding and power outages to the region.
Massachusetts officials, meanwhile, have opened the state emergency
operations center to get ready for the storm.
Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to give an update on storm preparations
statewide at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He has declared a state of emergency and put
National Guard troops on standby.
The worst conditions are expected Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning.
Forecasters say wind gusts could reach 75 mph and storm surges could flood
Utility companies have put workers on standby to begin restoring power as
soon as it is safe to work.