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Waltham cancels school, establishes emergency shelter due to Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 29, 2012 11:30 AM

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In Waltham, gusty winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy has caused the public school system to cancel classes and local officials to establish an emergency shelter.

Officials will use Jonathan Bright Elementary School at 260 Grove St. as an emergency shelter starting at noon today, according to an email from Mayor Jeannette McCarthy's office.

The city's library is also closed, McCarthy said in an email.

Latest information and updates from Waltham officials can be found on the city's website. Residents can also sign up to receive alerts and notifications from the city. Residents who are not signed up for the city's electronic update notifications can also call (781) 893-4100, McCarthy said.

Residents can also sign up to follow Waltham Police Department across a variety of social media platforms.

The storm is still classified as a Category 1 hurricane as of this morning, meteorologists told reporters. As of 9:30 a.m., nearly 10,000 people in Massachusetts were without power, mainly along Cape Cod, the South Shore, and the North Shore.

Governor Deval Patrick last night ordered all state buildings to be closed, urged districts to close public schools, and implored private companies to let their employees work from home today.

Some important numbers to report a hurricane-related emergency or loss of power can be seen on Boston.com.

Waltham's Brandeis and Bentley universities have also both announced closures on campus, according to their websites.

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