This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Sandy turning to the to the north well east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Sandy turning to the to the north well east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is bracing for the impact of a massive storm that's expected to bring high winds, heavy rain, widespread power outages and coastal flooding.

Even though Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in the mid-Atlantic later Monday, Massachusetts is taking precautions.

A state of emergency has been declared and the National Guard is at the ready.

The state's utilities have crews, some from out of state, poised to restore power. National Grid and NStar were already reporting about 6,300 outages combined Monday morning.

Most schools and colleges have cancelled classes and non-essential state workers have been told to stay home. State trial courts will close at noon Monday and stay closed until noon Tuesday and first-day jurors have been cancelled both days.

The MBTA says it will continue most service as long as it's safe.