Mass. Governor Declares Emergency as Precaution - NECN

Mass. Governor Declares Emergency as Precaution



    BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick says he has declared a state of
    emergency in Massachusetts and mobilized the National Guard as a
    precautionary measure after a snowstorm turned out to be "totally
    different" from what was expected.

    Patrick said early Wednesday afternoon that temperatures in
    eastern portions of the state were higher than anticipated, making
    the snow heavier and wetter, which caused more power outages. He
    said more than 100,000 homes and business were without electricity
    at noon.

    In western areas of the state, the snow was more powdery, but
    more than was originally forecast is expected to fall - perhaps as
    much as 30 inches.

    Patrick says a few shelters have opened, but so far no one has
    checked in.

    He says there were no major accidents on the state's highways
    because people heeded warnings not to drive.

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