Don’t travel on Friday, March 2, if you don’t have to.
And if you own a company in Boston’s Seaport District or the North End, or a similar place that is prone to flooding, consider closing or allowing your employees to work from home.
That was the message from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials late Thursday night as they repeatedly urged residents to take seriously the incoming Nor’easter coastal storm.
The storm will be more severe than the winter weather conditions that slammed the state on Jan. 4, they added.
“We’re obviously tough New Englanders and resilient to weather, but it’s important to make smart decisions during a storm like this,” Baker said. “If your company has the possibility of being flooded because it was flooded once before on January 4, you might consider having your folks work from home.”
A state office building on Causeway Street, across from TD Bank Garden, flooded on Jan. 4 and Baker said the building will be closed on Friday.
Strong winds and waves, along with high tides, could lead to road closures close roads and the shutdown of transit systems starting in the afternoon, Baker’s transportation chief, Stephanie Pollack, said during a press conference.
“Plan for a challenging commute,” Pollack said. “Leave extra time to get where you’re going.”
She urged residents to check the MBTA’s website and social media for the latest updates on Friday.
“If you do go out, be careful,” Baker added, saying gusts could hit as high as 90 miles per hour.