Governor Deval Patrick this afternoon encouraged private employers in Massachusetts to tell their workers to stay home Monday as potentially devastating winds from Hurricane Sandy push into the region.
Patrick said during a press conference that widespread power outages are expected because of the high winds predicted to whip the state beginning at about 2 a.m. Monday, first on Martha’s Vineyard and then reaching the southeast and northeast coasts before noon.
The governor also said he is directing all schools and state offices to close and non-emergency state workers to stay home. Emergency management officials said coastal communities are being urged to consider voluntary or mandatory evacuations as needed.
Regional shelters are expected to open by 8 p.m. Sunday.
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