Hurricane Sandy Live updates
 
11:52
MassLive.com: 
Good morning and welcome to MassLive.com's live coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

We'll have updates throughout the day here from the staff of The Republican and MassLive.com. Updates will continue until about 11:30 p.m., and resume Tuesday at 4 a.m.
Monday October 29, 2012 11:52 MassLive.com
11:55
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Diane Lederman:

AMHERST –-- Town Manager John P. Musante has authorized Craig'’s Doors to open the winter homeless shelter at the First Baptist Church Monday at 5 p.m., three days earlier than the scheduled Nov. 1 opening, so homeless people have a place to weather Hurricane Sandy.

At a morning press conference, Musante said that he declared a state of emergency at 8 a.m. in anticipation of the storm that allows the procurement of whatever is needed. While Town Hall opened as usual, offices are being closed at noon.

He said they are opening its emergency operations center today at 2 p.m. in the Police station and will be update residents on the reverse 911 system. Updates will also be posted on the town Web site at http://www.amherstma.gov.

While there is no emergency shelter opened for the general public, people can go to Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. He said officials are looking at possibly opening one of the schools here as a convenience center where people could charge phones for example. They’ll make that judgment later on.

The town is in better shape than last year when the Halloween snowstorm struck.
Fire Chief W. Tim Nelson, the emergency management director, said many trees have been cleared so he is expecting sporadic outages.

In addition, Musante said there “has been close coordination with utilities that has been ramped up state-wide. A large number of additional crews are ready to be deployed.” As for the town, “I think our team is actively planning the appropriate responses,” he said.
Monday October 29, 2012 11:55 MassLive.com
11:56
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's George Graham:

HARTFORD - Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered road closures for all state highways Monday morning, CBS3 Springfield, media partner of The Republican and MassLive.com, has reported.

These closures will include Interstate 91 at the Connecticut border.

The closures will be implemented in two phases, Malloy said.

At 11 a.m., trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited access highways, and at 1 p.m., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles.

"Residents need to take this storm very seriously. Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 mph, making traveling along our roads - especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway - very dangerous. We're doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles. If you're in a non-evacuation area, stay home," Malloy said.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, meanwhile, advises all truck drivers to seek refuge at secure locations. Department of Transportation depots and area rest stops will be open for truck drivers.

State police on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Westfield report no problems other than some wind. If conditions worsen, state police may ban tandem-trailers.

“Our highways are free and clear,” said Lt. Paul D’Auteuil, commander of the Springfield barracks, adding that traffic is moderate.
Monday October 29, 2012 11:56 MassLive.com
11:57
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Elizabeth Roman:

CHICOPEE - Some Hess gas stations including the one on Memorial Drive in Chicopee and the Allen and Cooley location in Springfield were without gas early Monday morning.

Employees at both gas stations said the delivery truck has arrived and there is now gas. They did not confirm whether the shortage was due to a delivery problem or from too many customers purchasing gas before Hurricane Sandy hits Western Massachusetts.

The gas station's fuel provider is JP Noonan based in West Bridgewater, Mass. Company employees could not be reached for comment.
Monday October 29, 2012 11:57 MassLive.com
12:01
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Dan Ring:

Hurricane Sandy is forcing the shutdown of much of state government today, except for emergency employees.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick has told non-emergency employees in the executive branch not to report to their state offices today. The courts and the state Legislature made similar moves.

Patrick is planning a press conference at 3:30 today to update the public on possible effects of the hurricane. Patrick will hold the event at the Massachusetts Emgerency Management Agency in Framingham.

More: http://bit.ly/S7G4Fm
Monday October 29, 2012 12:01 MassLive.com
12:04
[Comment From Amy Lavallee Amy Lavallee : ] 
Pride in noho has gas, cvs has tons of batteries still
Monday October 29, 2012 12:04 Amy Lavallee
12:11
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Lori Stabile:

PALMER — Police Chief Robert P. Frydryk is encouraging residents to sign up for the town's emergency notification system, Connect-CTY, also known as Blackboard Connect, so they can get alerts about Hurricane Sandy.

More: http://bit.ly/TPMfDp
Monday October 29, 2012 12:11 MassLive.com
12:19
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Fred Contrada:

As televisions in Northampton's Emergency Operations Center broadcast footage of Hurricane Sandy's impact to the south, officials were still waiting at noontime for the storm to hit.

"We're hoping for the best and waiting to see what happens," said Fire Chief Brian Duggan.

Mayor David J. Narkewicz made a reverse 911 call to city residents on Sunday night announcing that the schools would be closed and the Emergency Operations Center on on Monday. City Hall closed at noon.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:19 MassLive.com
12:23
Boston MBTA will discontinue all service at 2 p.m. this afternoon. b.globe.com/PgHbpb #sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 12:23 ed_kubosiak
12:28
Travel alert: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy orders I-91, other highways closed by 1 p.m. bit.ly/UanqwA #Sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 12:28 masslivenews
12:29
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Peter Goonan:

In Springfield, emergency personnel, ranging from the police and fire departments to Western Massachusetts Electric Co. crews, are “ready to go” as Hurricane Sandy approaches the region, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Monday.

Sarno and various department heads outlined their hurricane plans during a late morning press conference at the Raymond Sullivan Emergency Operations Center on Carew Street.

“We will do everything in our power to make sure the residents and business community are safe,” Sarno said. “We are ready to go.”

More: http://bit.ly/YeILJj
Monday October 29, 2012 12:29 MassLive.com
12:29
[Comment From Michael Michael : ] 
Reminder to everyone from the October power outage of 2011: If a traffic light is out, it is a four-way stop. Driving recklessly won't help us deal with the storm.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:29 Michael
12:30
Working from home until the power goes out. #Sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 12:30 FunWithCarbsLG
12:35
MassLive.com: 
South Hadley's Special Town Meeting scheduled for tongith has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:35 MassLive.com
12:38
MassLive.com: 
President Obama will make a statement on Hurricane Sandy at 12:45 p.m. Watch live here: http://1.usa.gov/SsCM25
Monday October 29, 2012 12:38 MassLive.com
12:39
Update: #Springfield emergency personnel "ready to go" as Hurricane #Sandy approaches: bit.ly/S8EzHd #westernma
Monday October 29, 2012 12:39 masslivenews
12:41
Monday October 29, 2012 12:41 FunWithCarbsLG
12:43
MassLive.com: 
WMECO: 1,939 customers in West Springfield have lost power, 15% of the town.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:43 MassLive.com
12:44
MassLive.com: 
More from WMECO: West Springfield outage is by far the worst in utility's coverage area. Next worst is town of Washington with 79 customers out, 24% of the town.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:44 MassLive.com
12:45
[Comment From John in EFP John in EFP : ] 
So glad to see the live flood back up and running! Cheers to Greg and the rest of the crew!
Monday October 29, 2012 12:45 John in EFP
12:46
MassLive.com: 
Thanks John in EFP. This is Joe and crew today, Greg had a scheduled day off and will be back bright and early in the morning. He is absolutely the ace of live storm coverage, and we miss him badly.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:46 MassLive.com
12:48
MassLive.com: 
WMECO: Nearly a quarter of Southwick has lost power with 987 customers affected.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:48 MassLive.com
12:49
Happening Now: President Obama delivers a statement on Hurricane #Sandy. Watch it live: on.wh.gov/MnYfbK
Monday October 29, 2012 12:49 whitehouse
12:52
[Comment From John in EFP John in EFP : ] 
Hey Joe. Keep up the good work! I couldn't have gotten through Snowtober without this in my life.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:52 John in EFP
12:59
MassLive.com: 
National Grid: 130 customers in Wales have no power, about 13% of town south of Brimfield.
Monday October 29, 2012 12:59 MassLive.com
1:01
MassLive.com: 
National Grid: 319 customers in New Salem, more than half of town, has lost power. New Salem is on the northwest side of the Quabbin.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:01 MassLive.com
1:02
[Comment From Eric Eric : ] 
Traffic was starting to pick up on 91N about 20 minutes ago (just got home now) in advance of people leaving work early
Monday October 29, 2012 1:02 Eric
1:03
[Comment From Jeffyag Jeffyag : ] 
Do we have any idea *where* in West Side the outage is? Trying to ascertain the risk to my place of power drop by virtue of *what* is going down.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:03 Jeffyag
1:05
MassLive.com: 
Jeffyag, WMECO does not provide cite specific locations within municipalities, but we're going to try to find out what part of town is affected.
-- Joe Deburro, The Republican
Monday October 29, 2012 1:05 MassLive.com
1:07
MassLive.com: 
WMECO update: West Side down to 1 customer without power.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:07 MassLive.com
1:08
[Comment From Jeffyag Jeffyag : ] 
Thanks Joe. Seconding the 'lifeline' comment earlier. You guys were a game-changer last year; and look to be so again this year. Many thanks!
Monday October 29, 2012 1:08 Jeffyag
1:08
[Comment From Lenore Lenore : ] 
What time are winds to hit masspike between sturbridge and westfield ma
Monday October 29, 2012 1:08 Lenore
1:10
MassLive.com: 
From a High Wind Warning issued at 12:24 p.m. by the National Weather Service:

DAMAGING WINDS AND WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE ANTICIPATED
ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE IMMEDIATE SOUTH COAST AND ISLANDS WHERE GUSTS TO 80 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:10 MassLive.com
1:11
Stay with us for live updates as Hurricane #Sandy approaches landfall in #westernma: bit.ly/S8JPug
Monday October 29, 2012 1:11 masslivenews
1:12
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Robert Rizzuto:

4th Congressional District candidate Joseph Kenendy III, a Democrat from Newton, has just cancelled all election-related activities as the state braces for Hurricane Sandy. Earlier today, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren both called off campaigning until the storm subsides.

Read more about how the storm is affecting the political campaigns here: http://bit.ly/QQbYY6
Monday October 29, 2012 1:12 MassLive.com
1:12
[Comment From Jeffyag Jeffyag : ] 
Lenore: Judging by what's going on in West Springfield right now, I'd say "now" would be accurate.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:12 Jeffyag
1:18
[Comment From Scott Scott : ] 
Anyone know where in West Spfld there are outages?
Monday October 29, 2012 1:18 Scott
1:18
RT @GeorgeGraham413: Wind is picking up out there. Blowing a steady 20 mph according to The Republican weather station. #springfield #sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 1:18 GregSaulmon
1:20
Wind is picking up out there. Blowing a steady 20 mph according to The Republican weather station. #springfield #sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 1:20 GeorgeGraham413
1:21
Driving North on I-91 from #Springfield, winds pushed the car around some. #Sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 1:21 mandyhofmockel
1:21
MassLive.com: 
Scott,
Power has been restored to all of West Springfield except for 1 customer, according to WMECO's outage map.
-- Joe
Monday October 29, 2012 1:21 MassLive.com
1:24
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Ted LaBorde:

WESTFIELD – Barnes Regional Airport plans to remain open through the duration of Hurricane Sandy, barring any widespread or extended power outages, manager Brian P. Barnes said.

"We have battery backup systems and we will remain open to anyone willing to fly," Barnes said.

Mayor Daniel M. Knapik and the citys Emergency Management personnel were monitoring the storm Monday and, like last year's weather emergencies, will either meet or hold telephone conferences periodically throughout Hurricane Sandy.

City Hall was open Monday but like other communities all schools were closed. The Senior Center was closed but staff was available to assist seniors in need.

The mayor said he was prepared to arrange for emergency shelter, if necessary, at one or more city schools.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:24 MassLive.com
1:26
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Ted Laborde, driving toward Westfield:

West Springfield Police have blocked off River Street. There's a tree across the road by the railroad overpass.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:26 MassLive.com
1:26
Track power outages at #masslivenews, #sandy or at your utility website like this one: wmeco.com/outage/
Monday October 29, 2012 1:26 CynthiaSimison
1:26
[Comment From Steve Steve : ] 
Do any of you think that they may close our highways or the pike?
Monday October 29, 2012 1:26 Steve
1:28
MassLive.com: 
From The Republican's Sandy Constantine:

Some West Springfield residents on Rogers Avenue and vicinity were without power for a short period mid-morning Monday, but the outage does not appear to have been caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger.

The mayor said power was lost from about a half hour to an hour starting about 10 a.m. because of a branch falling on a transformer on Rogers Avenue.

“It sounds like it was a coincidence,” Neffinger said.

Meanwhile, crews from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. have been out in the city cutting away tree branches that appear might be dangerous and liable to fall when the hurricane kicks into full gear later on.

Neffinger said he had meetings with department heads to be ready for Sandy at 8 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m. City officials have also posted information on both the city’s web site at www.west-springfield.ma.us and on its public access television channel 15.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:28 MassLive.com
1:28
[Comment From John in EFP John in EFP : ] 
Steve, there is a story posted on Masslive about the CT closings where some MA officials stated that isn't likely. Maybe a ban on tandem trailers on the pike, but that seemed to be about it.
Monday October 29, 2012 1:28 John in EFP
1:31
[Comment From Eric Eric : ] 
My question is.. does Gov. Malloy have the LEGAL authority since 91 is a FEDERAL highway (and technicially part of the Eisenhower Interstate System)
Monday October 29, 2012 1:31 Eric
1:31
[Comment From deb reynolds deb reynolds : ] 
seems there is power out in orange
Monday October 29, 2012 1:31 deb reynolds
1:34
MT @MassStatePolice: Motorists should be advised that wet leaves are making many roadways slick. Please go slow and use caution. #Sandy
Monday October 29, 2012 1:34 masslivenews
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