August 27th, 2011
12:38 PM ET
(CNN) - President Barack Obama toured FEMA headquarters in Washington Saturday as Hurricane Irene continued up the east coast of the U.S.
On a conference call with emergency officials, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, while at the command center, Obama warned of the worsening conditions, saying “it’s going to be a long 72 hours.”
Obama, who thanked officials at the National Response Coordination Center, has declared states of emergencies in nine eastern states.
Irene made landfall early Saturday morning and has already left 550,000 North Carolina and Virginia power customers in the dark.