High winds and rain are working their way through the Pioneer Valley, blowing trees, signs and flags. And as the weather worsens, Springfield officials want you to know of the dangers that could be outside.
"We urge you, if you don't have to be out and about, please stay home," said Springfield Emergency Preparedness Director, Bob Hassett.
His message was echoed by the mayor.
"I stress to each and every one of you watching this, listening to this, or reading this, if you see wires down please assume that they are live wires," said Mayor Domenic Sarno. "Stay away from it. If it is an emergency situation call 911; if not, you can call 311."
City emergency officials decided to shut down City Hall and all municipal buildings at noon to allow workers to get home before the weather got too bad.
"I'm glad to be getting home," said City Hall employee Leslie LaBonte.
"It's great for everybody to get wherever they need to be to be safe," said City Hall employee Joanne Raleigh.
Even though the electric companies and DPW are ready to manage the damage and outages, officials remind the public that crews may have to wait for the winds to subside before fixing down lines.
"We want the crews to be safe," said Hassett. "So, they are not going to go out there to try and repair these until the winds are at a level where it is safe for the crews to operate."
As of now there is no shelter open in Springfield, but if the need presents itself city officials say they are prepared to open one.
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