Mass. braces for impact of Sandy
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is already feeling the fury of a massive storm that will bring high winds, heavy rain, widespread power outages and coastal flooding.
Even though Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in New Jersey later Monday, Massachusetts is taking a hit.
The National Weather Service is forecasting sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts of up 75 mph in coastal areas, and slightly lower inland.
A state of emergency has been declared and about 1,300 National Guard troops have been deployed with more available.
The state's utilities have crews, some from out of state, poised to restore power and scattered outages have already been reported.
Most schools and colleges have cancelled classes. State trial courts will close at noon Monday and stay closed until noon Tuesday.