BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday and all non-essential city employees have been advised to stay home.

Mayor Tom Menino’s office is urging residents to take necessary precautions in preparation for severe weather expected to impact Boston early Monday morning, through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has announced coastal flood and high wind warnings for the area, both effective 6 a.m. Monday.

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Because of the school closures, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Curtis Hall, Hyde Park, Paris Street and Tobin Community Centers from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Other BCYF centers will open only in the event of an emergency that necessitates it.

The mayor’s office says, all front line departments continue to meet daily to coordinate on preparedness plans. Public safety agencies will have additional response crews and equipment available throughout the city’s neighborhoods for the duration of the storm.

The Boston Fire Department is expecting down power lines throughout the storm and will have eight additional teams on duty.

All down lines should be considered live and extremely dangerous, and should be reported to the Mayor’s hotline (617-635-4500).


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