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Power out for 111K in state because of Sandy

Gov. Deval Patrick offered an update on Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Bay State.

There are about 111,000 homes and businesses with power in Massachusetts this afternoon as Hurricane Sandy's brunt is felt across the state.

Gov. Deval Patrick offered an update this afternoon from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker on the storm's impact in the region.

"All in all we are holding our own," Patrick said, while also urging caution because the high winds are expected to last until tonight.

Logan Airport recorded a wind gust of 59 mph just before 3 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

Patrick said that so far there have been no reports of injuries or serious damage.

There are currently more than 1,300 National Guard members active throughout the state who are assisting the first responders.

The wind has picked up over the course of the day. Some billboards are blowing off of their mountings along Interstate 93 just outside of Boston and some trees and limbs have been blown down and on to streets.

Patrick said it is still too early for him to make the call about having the state work force stay home or not tomorrow, but he expected to provide an update later today.

"I think it's going well, but it's nature and it can change in a minute," he said.

 
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