Hurricane begins hitting JP

Hurricane Sandy is already affecting Jamaica Plain with high wind gusts that will increase as the day goes on. Trees and tree limbs are likely to blow down. Power outages are a serious possibility. Residents should stay indoors if at all possible. The storm is forecast to produce winds up to 65 m.p.h. in this area and the winds will last all day and into tomorrow morning.

State and City of Boston offices are closed. MBTA public transit service will shut down at 2 p.m.

City Feed and Supply, the local specialty grocery chain, is offering free delivery service through 1 p.m. today for JP residents who want to order canned food and bottled water in case of power outages. City Feed’s Craig Panzer said he will handpick the requested items and drive them to the customer’s home. The free delivery is available only to residents of the 02130 ZIP code and to residents of Egleston Square. To place orders and get pricing info, call 617-524-5539.

A Casey Overpass Design Advisory Group meeting that was scheduled to be held tonight in JP has been canceled, according to the state Department of Transportation. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 1.

For official news on the storm and related safety tips, see the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website at

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