All Braintree Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29 and all after-school activities have been cancelled in anticipation of severe wind and rain and possible power outages from Hurricane Sandy.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg confirmed the cancellations on Sunday afternoon. The lost day of school, like that planned for election day on Nov. 6, will mean an extra day for students in June.
Dr. Kurzberg sent a recorded message to all parents, students and staff at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cancellation includes continuing education classes on Monday evening.
The latest forecasts show Hurricane Sandy hitting before the morning commute tomorrow, with high wind and flood watches in effect from Monday morning through the night.
The National Weather Service issued the warnings for Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
WHDH's Jeremy Reiner said the worst of Sandy should be from 9 a.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday.
"Within this period is our greatest risk of wind damage/power loss," Reiner wrote on his blog, noting that many towns will experience wind gusts over 40 miles per hour. Coastal cities and towns may see wind gusts between 50-60 mph and even some wind gusts near 70mph out on the Cape and Islands.
Reiner said the speed of the wind isn't as great a concern as the duration of the wind, expected to last over several hours and bring down trees and power lines.
For ongoing coverage of the storm in Braintree, go to http://braintree.patch.com/topics/hurricane-sandy-5f193322.
Editor Danielle Horn contributed to this report.