Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon as the Category 1 Hurricane Sandy loomed off the eastern seaboard. The Bay State will feel the hurricane’s effects as early as Sunday evening and storm forces will peak Monday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick this afternoon. Hurricane Sandy’s center is aimed to hit the southern New Jersey coast first during the day Sunday, but the storm’s wide girth means Massachusetts residents will still bear some of the storm’s force.
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