Making an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Red Cross in Washington, DC Tuesday afternoon, President Obama warned the remnants of Hurricane Sandy may continue to cause damage to swaths of the East Coast.
"This storm is not yet over," Obama said during the five-minute statement. "We have gotten briefings from the national hurricane center. It is still moving north. There are still communities that could be affected."
"I want to emphasize, there is still risks of flooding, there is still risks of downed power lines, risks of high winds, and so it is very important for the public to continue to monitor the situation in your local community," he also said.
Shortly after his visit the White House announced the president will travel to severely impacted state of New Jersey Wednesday to survey damage with Gov. Chris Christie.
The president also expressed his sympathies for the nearly 30 individuals who reportedly lost their lives as Superstorm Sandy worked its way up the East Coast as well as those who suffered extensive damage to their personal property.
"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you. We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet," he said.
The surprise trip to the Red Cross, only a few blocks from the White House, came shortly after Obama convened a conference call with 13 governors and seven mayors from areas impacted by the storm.
"Were it not for the outstanding work that they and their teams have already done and will continue to do in the affected regions, we could have seen more deaths and more property damage," the president said in praising the work of the local leaders with whom he spoke. "So they have done extraordinary work, working around the clock. The coordination between the state, local and federal governments has been outstanding."
"My message to the governors and the mayors and through them to the communities that have been hit so hard is that we are going to do everything we can to get resources to you and make sure that any unmet need that is identified we are responding to it as quickly as possible and I told the mayor and the governors, if they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House," Obama also said.