BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan on Wednesday declared a state of emergency after a nasty nor’easter hammered the South Shore with relentless wind and rain.

“The storm poses an imminent threat to public safety with a high likelihood of hazardous conditions, flooding, downed trees, widespread power outages, and property damage,” Sullivan wrote in an emergency declaration.

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Sullivan said, “immediate public action” is needed to minimize and mitigate storm damage.

As of 5 p.m., more than 60 percent of the city was without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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Restoring power in the hardest-hit areas in southeastern Massachusetts could take days, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

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