D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is urging District residents to make immediate preparations to stay indoors for an extended period of time due growing concern among city officials that Hurricane Sandy could thrash the city.
At a news conference to outline city response plans, Gray warned the storm could rival some of the biggest storms to ever strike the region.
“Let me clear, this storm is unique, large, dangerous and unlike anything our region has ever experienced in a very a long time,” said Gray, who was surrounded by emergency officials.
Gray announced that D.C. public schools would be closed Monday, and he is urging charter and private schools in the city to also close. He expects a decision later Sunday about whether the federal and District governments will also close.
Speaking in a worried tone, Gray and other city officials also outlined steps they hope city residents take to stay safe during the storm.