Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Sunday that Hurricane Sandy should be taken seriously, but said the federal government has resources ready to deal with the storm.
"You need to take this seriously and take guidance from state and local officials," Obama said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington.
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"This hasn't hit landfall yet," he said. "So we don't yet know where it’s going to hit, where we're going to see the biggest impacts and that's exactly why it's so important for us to respond big and respond fast as local information starts coming in."
Before speaking to reporters, Obama said he met with officials from FEMA and other agencies, as well as spoke by phone with governors and mayors whose states and cities may be impacted by the storm.
Obama said he is "confident that the resources are in place."
"My main message is we have to take this seriously," he said. "The federal government is working effectively with the state and local governments."
As of Sunday afternoon, Sandy was a Category 1 hurricane churning off the U.S. East Coast with 75 miles per hour winds. The storm is expected to hover over to northeast and dump up to a foot of rain in some areas, as well as combine with an inland snowstorm which could produce several feet of snow, according to the CNN Weather Unit.
Governors up and down the East Coast declared states of emergency and some put the National Guard at the ready.
With Election Day just over a week away, and early voting underway in several states, Obama said "we don't anticipate" the storm impacting voting, "but we're obviously going to have to take a look."
Obama modified his Monday and Tuesday campaign schedule to return to Washington to monitor the storm, his campaign said.
– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Chad Myers contributed to this report
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HOW CAN A PRESIDENT PROMISE 375,000 people that whatever they need he will be there when he cannot help CHRIS STEVENS & THE SEAL SIX
@Bill in CA
You will complain no matter what he does. I assume you mustve complained 10 times as much when Bush was in office?
Why isn't CNN mentioning that during one of the GOP debates in which John King moderated Mitt Romney stated that FEMA should be sent back to the States and even be privitized?. Can you imagine who would coordinate all these States if there was no FEMA leadership? No federal leadership? States fighting amongst themselves? Really, no FEMA?
James d...thanks for your fake outrage. The disgrace is the Republicans and Romney using the Middle-East violence as a political football. Yes, Americans died. Yes, there is an official investigation under way to deter what actually happen. Yes, Republicans and Romney are pre-judging before the investigation has been completed. Yes, Obama is worried about the millions of Americans who can be affected by Sandy and impact. Yes, Obama is doing what GWB failed to do as President when storms impact our nation. So, continue be outrage, but the disgrace is on the Republicans.
Bill in CA....give it up: You have no evidence he and his administration did not do what they could. Way not wait until the official investigation is finished before you pre-judge.
Bill and James D. Libya have it own government why do you and a few other think President Obama is the president of the whole world, I wonder where was Bush was when 4000 America was dying, better yet where was Bush when the world trade center was hit. I think that was in the USA. Stop looking at the man skin.
Too bad Bush wasnt this concerned about Katrina in New Orleans and let's not forget 9 11 2001. The Gop supporters have a fuzzy memory when it comes to Bush's many failing. If all you have is Libya you must have been sleep during the Bush years. My prayers go out to the people in storms path.
A great audtion for his next job as wesatherman, certainly one he will be more qualified to hold!!
Diid the "Campaigner-In-Chief" actually take 5-seconds from his busy schedule to be PRESIDENT???????????????