With Hurricane Irene, still traveling up the eastern coast, Framingham emergency leaders were meeting Friday at 1:30 p.m. to finalize plans. Hurricane Irene, is off the Carolina coast, and is presently a category 2.
The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for Middlesex County, which includes Framingham. Several coastal counties are in a hurricane watch. Framingham is also in a flood watch. Forecasters are predicting an estimnated 6 to 10 inches of rain.
Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency as Irene continues its path along the eastern seaboard. National Guardsmen were activated.
The , headquartered in Framingham has asked residents to be prepared. Irene is expected to strike this area on Sunday, Aug. 28
Stores were busy today. , and parking lots were busy. There were lots of bread and water in Wal-Mart and only a couple of people in those aisles. The back-to-school aisles were crowded and almost impassible, as Framingham Public School students head back next week. Monday for students in grade 9 and Tuesday for grades 1-12.
The town of Framingham has not made a decision on if it will open an emergency shelter this weekend.
The town's emergency management team was scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the to finalize plans.