(NECN: Katie Daly, Worcester, Mass.) - Worcester's Department of Public Works Commissioner Bob Moylan was busy on Friday putting plans in place as Hurricane Irene is expected to reach Central Massachusetts by Sunday.
The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the area. DPW officials will keep an eye on areas of Worcester prone to flooding and prepare to handle the storm as best they can.
Smaller surrounding towns like Shrewsbury are just as busy putting plans in place. The town engineer, Jack Perreault, says crews have been working on preparations all week.
At National Grids Distribution Center in Sutton, extra crews have been called in and the company has activated its storm emergency plan.
Emergency management officials are telling residents in Central Massachusetts to prepare for outages. They urge the public to put together an emergency kit, including batteries and flashlights and to stock up on food.
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