Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Top transportation and public safety officials in Massachusetts say the state is ready for the first big snow storm of the season, which is timed to hit on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Frank DePaola is urging people with travel plans for Thanksgiving to bring patience along. He advised people to leave for their holiday destinations early in the morning, or after 8 p.m. to avoid rush hour commuters.  He said highway crews are ready for the predicted Wednesday snowstorm.

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Information is critical during an emergency.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is embracing new technology to let the public know what is going on during weather emergencies and natural or man-made disasters.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with MEMA Public Information Officer Peter Judge.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to tour some of the areas hit hardest by the weekend blizzard and meet with local officials.

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BOSTON (AP) — A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant.

Late this morning NStar reported more than 248,000 customers out and National Grid about 160,000. Most are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph.

WAMC

  With the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season  23 days away,  hundreds of people attended a hurricane preparedness conference Wednesday in Massachusetts.. The first of its kind event was hosted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.