The town of Scituate said Sunday it is preparing for “potential major impacts’’ from Hurricane Sandy, and warned residents that power could go out for as long as five days because of the storm.
Scituate schools will be closed Monday and the town’s shelter, at Scituate High School, was scheduled to open at 8 pm Sunday.
"This storm is expected to last at least 12 hours with the critical periods centering on high tides at noon and midnight on Monday. Wind gusts and tidal surges are anticipated to be significant. It is likely that power losses will occur,'' the town said in a statement issued Sunday just before 5 pm.
"Please be advised that if you do lose power you should anticipate at least 72 hours before it will be restored. The Town has been advised of potential outages for 3-5 days,'' the Scituate statement said.
More information, including storm tips from emergency management officials, can be found on the Scituate website.
Contact information for residents is as follows:
National Grid Automated Power Outage: 1-800-465-1212
National Grid Residential and Small Commercial Business: 1-800-322-3223
NStar (Humarock only) is 1-800-592-2000