Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency at noon today. Patrick also banned travel on roads statewide starting at 4 p.m.
Patrick said the incoming snowstorm will bring heavy bands of snow making for extremely dangerous conditions, during a press conference today. The ban excludes emergency personnel, public safety workers and utility crews. Patrick urged residents to prepare for the possibility of being shut in for 24 to 48 hours. He recommends residents have flashlights, portable radios, basic food supplies, medications and a full tank of gas. Patrick also reminded residents who may be using generators to properly vent them outside to reduce the risk of injury.
The governor said Hurricane Sandy 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 the state 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 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…