As the federal government pours resources into the emergency response in Florida, President Joe Biden said his administration has not forgotten the victims of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico.
"While we're seeing the devastating images in Florida, I want to be clear, to the people of Puerto Rico: We're not gone away," Biden said during remarks on Tropical Storm Ian at FEMA's headquarters Thursday.
"I am committed to you and the recovery of the island. We'll stand by you for however long it takes to get it done," he added.
Biden said the federal government is working around the clock to get people to safety and restore power, water and phone lines across the island.
The President also said, when asked, that it’s his “intention,” to visit Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 18, dropping record rainfall, unleashing landslides and mudslides, flooding neighborhoods and leaving most of the island without power or water.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday approved a federal waiver opening up the potential for additional diesel to be shipped to Puerto Rico.
CNN's Ray Sanchez, Jasmine Wright and Sam Fossum contributed to this report.