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Many without power after 2nd storm; state offices close

March 8, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential state offices closed for the day as the second powerful nor’easter in less than a week winds down in Massachusetts.

The Republican is also asking residents to stay off the roads if possible. Hundreds of schools canceled classes for the day and most courts delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 345,000 customers across the state were without power as of 9 a.m. The storm produced heavy, wet snow that brought down tree limbs and power lines.

MEMA reported numerous road closures due to fallen tree limbs. The speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 mph between the New York state border and Interstate 495.

There were no immediate reports of major coastal flooding from the latest storm.

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This story has been corrected to show that most state courts had delayed opening, rather than closed for day.

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