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Hurricane Sandy's Wrath Expected Monday Morning

There is a high wind watch in effect Monday morning through Monday night.

The latest forecasts show earliest effects from Hurricane Sandy hitting before the morning commute Monday, with high wind and flood watches in effect from Monday morning through the night.

Sunday, the National Weather Service issued the warnings for Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

WHDH's Jeremy Reiner said the worst of Sandy should be from 9 a.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

"Within this period is our greatest risk of wind damage/power loss," Reiner wrote on his blog, noting that many towns will experience wind gusts over 40 miles per hour. Coastal cities and towns may see wind gusts between 50-60 mph and even some wind gusts near 70mph out on the Cape and Islands.

Reiner said the speed of the wind isn't as great a concern as the duration of the wind, expected to last over several hours and bring down trees and power lines.

Rainfall looks manageable, Reiner said, with most towns looking to pick up 1 to 3 inches of rain through tomorrow night.

Even though Sandy is expected to make landfall in New Jersey, New England will still be impacted because of the size of the storm, Reiner said.

For more updates on the local impacts of Hurricane Sandy, return to Patch. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency also has an app for your smartphone.

Bobby October 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
So is the School Dept Going To wait Till Monday Morn to make a decision to close the schools/LOL
John Francis October 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Ditto - have been wondering that myself - really don't want the kids out and about with trees coming down, power outages and winds gusting to 60+ John Francis
Lux October 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Since power outages are inevitable having a long run time flashlight is a good idea. Lowes has a 65 hour run time flashlight for under $5.00 http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Flashlight-Mod-Increases-Run-Time-36X/?allstep I got mine in store. I also got one at Target. You can never have too many flashlights. More: http://armageddononline.org/forums/threads/34318-Cheap-long-run-time-flashlights Or go micro solar for under $50.00. http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-For-Dead-Car-Batteries-And-Sealed-Lead-Acid-B/?allstep Emergency Led Lighting Made Ridiculously Simple: http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-Led-Lighting-Made-Ridiculously-Simple/?allstep
Janet Sroczynski October 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Partial listing of School Closings on Boston.com.... http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings
Fiscal Conservative October 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
If there is school I bet the will be a real need for substitute teachers. Most will call in sick. If there is school, maybe a good day for "outdoor" recess. Kids would love it (think of when you were a kid, if not for mom and dad, you would have gone out and had a ball in it). Too bad youth is wasted on the young. We "old folk" really don't have fun any more. Just look at all the postings in this rag. Most are complaints (me to). Wouldn't you like to have the youthful exhuberence, you once had? I would. As our parents said (we didn't believe them til it was too late), the "best years of your life are your school years". So true, we were just to dumb to believe them. Now that we're grown and know better, we've said to our kids (grandkids), they won't believe us either, until its too late. The cycle will always continue...unfortunately.
John Francis October 28, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I agree but fun at home can be just as challenging (if you let it be - walk in bog, taking pictures, making movies, catching leaves, etc - whatever your or thier minds can come up with) but close to home is best me thinks. I agree (being 60) that we bubble wrap our kids a wee bit too much - I try hard to break through that with some good reasoning. John Francis
Jeremie Smith (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
As of 2:15 p.m. Sunday - Foxborough Public Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli told Foxborough Patch no decision has been made on closing school Monday. Stay tuned.
Jeremie Smith (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered all schools, government offices and state colleges/universities to be closed Monday, Oct. 29.
John Francis October 28, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Me thinks the Governor just made the call for the state in his 4:50 update by encouraging all schools to close. John Francis
Pat Larkin October 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Was just gonna post that!
Ken B. October 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
What, Deval, you left out "non essential state employees" from your statement. That's OK, we know 98.5% are non-essential anyway.
Fiscal Conservative October 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Just a thought: If power is lost and you don't have enough batteries for flashlights, do as they do in areas that have extended blackouts: Those outdoor solar "yard lights" can be charged during the day and brought in at night to provide some light for your home. I have several in my yard and have tried this, in the past. Not a whole lot of light, but, enough to help get through a tough situation. Also, Automobile "inverters" that can be plugged in lighter socket of car can provide "some" power to keep refrigerators going for periods of time (run cars far away from house to avoid CO build up. I have 50' extension cord that I use). Just some thoughts to help out.
John Francis October 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM
If you choose to use the Car inverter make sure your hookups are correct. Here is a link on how to do it with precautions. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/can-a-pint-sized-power-inverter-replace-a-generator/index.htm John Francis

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