WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama urged residents to listen to government officials as Hurricane Sandy prepares to smack the northeast coast of the United States.
"When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate," Obama said in a statement at the White House.
The president said, "this is going to be a big and powerful storm," as well as "a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country, and millions of people are going to be affected."
He cited the threats of falling trees and power outages.
Obama, who cut short a campaign trip to Florida on Monday morning to return to White House, spoke after meeting with emergency response officials.
The president had planned on Monday to begin a three-day campaign swing through Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, and Wisconsin.
Monday and Tuesday events have been canceled and the rest of the trip remains up in the air.
First Coast News