Boston officials: Get ready, a Nor’easter’s a brewin’
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the city is making necessary plans for a possible Nor’easter expected to impact the area on Wednesday – a little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the northeast.
While city departments are taking measures to prepare for the storm’s arrival, Menino reminded residents to take precautions and use common sense to stay safe throughout the storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch with 20-30 mile-per-hour sustained winds and 40-50 mile-per-hour wind gusts expected from Wednesday morning through the evening.
Boston residents should expect one to two inches of rain beginning Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.
City teams are monitoring the situation as it develops and evaluating potential impacts that could be exacerbated by lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy. In anticipation of strong winds, the Boston Parks Department is trimming trees and removing dead branches.
While city departments have worked hard to clear debris caused by Hurricane Sandy, many leaves have fallen over the past week and residents should take special care to clear catch basins. Outdoor furniture and trash and recycling containers should be secured to avoid damage caused by strong winds.
City officials said people who encounter homeless individuals are encouraged to notify public safety officials by calling 9-1-1 or the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500.
Residents are also encouraged to register for AlertBoston by visiting www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston and follow @NotifyBoston on Twitter.