PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several Rhode Island communities have ordered mandatory evacuations, and schools throughout the state are scheduled to close as officials prepare for Hurricane Sandy’s damaging winds and a storm surge.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Sunday declared a state of emergency. His office on Sunday evening said state offices would remain open Monday.
Officials expect big waves to pound South County beaches and the storm surge to cause flooding in cities and towns along Narragansett Bay. Beach communities including Westerly, Charlestown, Narragansett and South Kingstown declared mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas, as did the bayside community of Bristol.
The worst conditions are expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
Chafee is also urging people to be prepared for lengthy power outages.
National Guard troops are on standby.