FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and is mobilizing 2,500 members of the National Guard as Hurricane Irene approaches.

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Patrick told a briefing at the state’s emergency management headquarters in Framingham on Friday that Irene is expected to have a significant impact on Massachusetts, arriving Saturday night with the brunt of the storm expected on Sunday afternoon.

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He urged Massachusetts residents to stay off the roads over the weekend as much as possible.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

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The governor said state officials are coordinating with utilities to make sure that early response teams are ready in the event of widespread power outages.

He also said state reservoirs are being drawn down to help absorb rainfall and minimize flooding.

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Comments (4)
  1. Drew says:

    When exactly does the state of emergency go into effect? We have a 5pm Saturday wedding in Springfield and will need to travel the Pike to get there.


    1. Ellen says:

      Drew if I were you right about now I think I would email the bride and say thanks but not thanks.

    2. justsayin' says:

      The state of emergency goes into affect when you start seeing double after taking full advantage of the open bar.

  2. Drew says:

    Just spoke with her dad and the celebration is on. Needless to say, we will be leaving after dinner. Current forecast indicates lite rain Saturday evening.