GRAFTON, Mass. -- It appears Central Mass. will be hit by heavy rain and winds between 50 to 65 miles per hour, but will avoid a direct hit once Hurricane Sandy reaches the area, the National Weather Service is predicting.
Despite this latest prediction, it is not a certainty and residents should take precautions in case of power outages for an extended period of time.
"It's good to have a plan," said Grafton Police Chief, Norman A. Crepeau in a telephone interview. He recommends following the tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
The latest forecast calls for the storm to hit Monday afternoon through Tuesday, wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour and 2 to 5 inches of rain.
"If we need to cancel or delay school, we will put out a Global Connect phone call, will reach out to local news stations, and will post the closing on our website as we do with a snowstorm," School Superintendent Dr. James Cummings said in an email to parents.
Grafton Emergency Management Director Ray Mead said he is monitoring the storm with National Weather Service and will send alerts if it is needed.
The National Weather Service is cautious about their prediction. The storm is still far off, currently off the Bahamas, and its track could shift giving us a more direct hit than now being said.
The potential for power outages are high, especially for those who live in areas with lots of trees. The National Grid website said they are ready if lights go out, and advise people to have plenty of batteries, flashlights, and if you plan on running a generator, do so outdoors.