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星期一, 3月 13, 2017

麻州因應暴風雪 多市鎮實施停車禁令 波市公校停課

      (Boston Orange 周菊子報導) 大波士頓今晚(313) 起,估計將降雪高達18吋。麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)6點多宣佈,州府非緊急工作人員,週二(314)不用上班。波士頓市,昆士市,摩頓市,牛頓市等多個市鎮也都宣佈了暴風雪停車禁令。
      國家氣象局指出,歷年來的波士頓三月份降雪量,最高一次是1956年時的13.2吋。這回估計在1218吋之間,有些地區甚至會積雪高達兩呎。平均降雪量很可能打破記錄了。
由於週二風雪來襲時,可能風速高達每小時70英哩,能見度陡降為零,積雪快到每小時24吋,氣象局,麻州長等都呼籲民眾格外小心。
      麻州州長查理貝克今晚下令,州府非緊急工作人員,314日不用上班。他也勸一般民眾,沒必要別出門,能夠遠程上班,就在家工作,以保持道路暢通,也避免遭遇強風,淹水等造成的各種安全威脅。
      麻州政府將和緊急管理局,國家氣象局,麻州交通署,麻州警察等機構保持緊密聯繫,隨時為州民提供最新消息。
      波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)今日下午已宣佈,明早(314)7點起,實施暴風雪停車禁令。波士頓公校也已決定週二停課。
      馬丁華殊表示,波市公校今年以來已放了共4天下雪假,週三(315)除非必要,公校不再停課。至於市府今年的2300萬元鏟雪預算,現在還剩下550萬元,應該足以應付。
      昆士市市長柯奇(Tom Koch)已宣佈,從314日的早上6點起,直至315日,實施暴風雪緊急停車禁令。居民必須把車輛停在非緊急鄰里的偶數邊街道。所有的緊急幹道禁止停車。查詢詳情可上網https://www.quincyma.gov for a complete list of emergency arteries
      摩頓市長葛帝生(Gary Christenson)也已宣佈,今晚9點起實施暴風雪停車禁令,主要幹道都禁止停車。居民有7個地方可從今晚6點起免費停車,包括早期學習中心(
Early Learning Center), Beebe, Forestdale, Ferryway, Linden and Salemwood 等學校,還有市中心的CBD停車場。車輛可在這些地方免費停放到禁令取消為止。居民須勤查311,以及時知道何時該把車輛取回。

      牛頓市宣佈,從314日的早上5點起至315日的下午2點止,實施暴風雪停車禁令。

Governor Baker Announces State Office Closures for Non-Emergency State Employees

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker announced this evening that state offices will be closed Tuesday, March 14th, for non-emergency, executive branch employees and urged the public to stay off the roads, avoid unnecessary travel and take public transit if you must, and work from home if possible due to a winter storm expected to impact much of the Commonwealth tomorrow. Forecasts are calling for 12 to 18 inches of snow falling across Massachusetts at extremely fast rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour, complicating efforts to keep roadways clear and creating hazardous white out driving conditions and potential for high winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding.

"State offices will be closed tomorrow for non-emergency, executive branch state employees as crews work to keep our roadways clear,” said Governor Charlie Baker.The extremely fast snowfall rates expected tomorrow will create hazardous driving conditions across the Commonwealth, and we urge everyone to stay off the roads, take public transit if absolutely necessary to travel and work from home if possible.”

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), National Weather Service (NWS), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and State Police (MSP) to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications. 

State Office Closures: State offices will be closed for all non-emergency, executive branch state employees on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Highway Travel: MassDOT highway crews and contractors will be treating roadways throughout the evening and morning, and will be activated for snow clearing deployments as conditions warrant. HOV lanes will not be opened for Tuesday’s morning or evening commutes. Tandem trucks and specially permitted vehicles (propane) will be restricted from travelling the Turnpike as of 7:00 AM Tuesday morning.

​MBTA: The MBTA is planning to operate a normal weekday schedule, with the exception of ferry and Mattapan Line service. Tuesday ferry service is suspended and the Mattapan Line will be replaced by bus shuttles. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow plenty of time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Commuter Rail: The Commuter Rail will be operating a severe weather or “blue level” schedule. Commuters are encouraged to visit http://www.mbta.com/winter/commuter_rail_advisory/ for schedule information.

Massport/Airport: Cancellations are expected tomorrow and travelers are encouraged to check with their airline carriers for additional information about their flights.

Public Safety: Please keep home and auto exhaust vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and any avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, and fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear. If you should lose power during the storm, please visit www.mass.gov/dfs for safety tips from the Department of Fire Services on home generators, carbon monoxide and candle safety tips.


The State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is closely monitoring the storm and forecast to provide situational awareness updates.