Mass. Prepares for Possible Irene ImpactPosted by jcashman
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts emergency management officials are preparing for the likelihood of Hurricane Irene impacting the state.
A spokesman for the state agency said Tuesday that officials are taking the threat “very seriously” even though Irene is not expected to hit Massachusetts until the weekend, and it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by that time.
State officials have been spending the week on the phone with officials in other New England states, FEMA and the National Weather Service to make sure the region is fully prepared. That includes ensuring that communications systems are working; there are enough sandbags; everyone has the proper phone numbers; and staffing plans are up to date.
Even if Irene stays off shore, it is still expected to bring high winds and heavy rain.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
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