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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the city’s public schools would be closed Monday ahead of the forecasted arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Calling the storm “unique, large, [and] dangerous,” Gray also revealed that he had requested pre-landfall disaster relief from President Obama and asked that the city’s charter schools consider shutting their doors as well Monday. According to the mayor’s official Twitter account, a decision had not yet been made regarding whether to close the federal and city government for the day.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley announced that schools in Howard County and St. Mary’s County were closed Monday.  Baltimore city schools were also closed.

We will continue to update this story with closings as they are announced. For the very latest, we also encourage you to visit NBC Washington’s school closings page.