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Mass. Officials Prepare for Arrival of Sandy

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are preparing for the arrival of a storm that Gov. Deval Patrick says could bring damaging winds, 6-10 inches of rain and the possibility of both coastal and inland flooding.

The governor told a Statehouse briefing on Friday that current projections show the storm reaching Massachusetts by late Sunday and lingering until early Wednesday.

He said forecasters are expecting a 4 to 6 foot coastal storm surge and 30-35 foot waves offshore.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan says the state’s major utilities have filed emergency plans with the state and are contracting crews from as far away as Washington state to deal with expected power outages.

Utilities are under pressure after criticism of their response to two major storms last year. They could face stiff fines under a new state law if their response to Sandy falls below expectations.


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