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NEW: Gov. Patrick Calls on Schools and Businesses to Close for Hurricane

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick called on the state's schools and businesses to close on Monday in light of the threat posed by Hurricane Sandy during a press conference at MEMA headquarters on Sunday.

In order to keep roads clear for emergency personnel Patrick requested that all schools, from early education programs to colleges and universities close tomorrow. The Governor said the state was directing all non-emergency state workers to stay home and work from there.

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

"We're asking everyone who can stay off the roads."

Patrick said the state will be pushing information out to media outlets as it comes in during the storm as quickly as possible. Out-of-state utility repair crews have already been brought in ahead of anticipated widespread power outages.

"This is Mother Nature, and Mother Nature is unpredictable, but we are doing everything we can," said Patrick.

"We're going to take it as we can, we're going to respond to information as it comes." 


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