More than 4,000 Red Cross relief workers are offering assistance to people whose lives have been impacted by Sandy.
"Our entire fleet of response vehicles and thousands of Red Crossers are on the ground helping people affected by Sandy," said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross. "We're driving through neighborhoods in all five boroughs in New York and parts of New Jersey to provide food, water, supplies and comfort."
Millions of people were left without power in the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast. At least 110 people were killed. Many others lost their homes and all of their possessions.
The total economic damages from Sandy are reported to be $30 billion to $50 billion, according to estimates from EQECAT, a firm that specializes in storm damage forecasting.
On Friday night, more than 6,100 people were staying in Red Cross shelters in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio, according to a Red Cross press release.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Meghan Evans spoke with Anna Kate Twitty, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross on Friday.
Twitty said, "We've also got mobile kitchens that are on the way and are going to start setting up soon. They can cook over 100,000 meals in one day."
Over the past week, the Red Cross has served more than 398,000 meals and snacks to people in need. In addition to passing out food and water, the Red Cross volunteers are also handing out other relief supplies.
"We've also got 50 trailers of relief supplies and they're coming with clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves," said Twitty.
Twitty also recommended that anyone without power who or who doesn't have a place to stay, come and stay in one of the Red Cross shelters.
"What you're going to find at a Red Cross shelter is going to be a safe environment, it's going to be warm. You're going to have blankets," said Twitty.
At one shelter in the Nassau Community College (located in East Garden City, New York) an estimated 1,200 people came. Twitty ran into a woman she had helped at the same shelter during Hurricane Irene. The woman was part of a family of 11 staying at the shelter.
Twitty said,"She came up to me the other day and showed me some pictures. Her home is destroyed. But you know what, she looked me in the face and said,'We're going to get through this. We're here together and we're safe. And we're just so grateful for the Red Cross.' So it's just a sense of community in our shelters."
Ways you can help.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can also use the "donate" feature on the free Red Cross Apps for mobile devices to support the relief response. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Dry and sunny conditions will continue in San Francisco for the the official start to winter and the Christmas holiday.
Sunshine will return in full force for the weekend, the official start to winter, and Christmas in Los Angeles.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
Chicago, IL (1960)
12.5" snow, max. 24 hour December snow.
Lander, WY (1924)
Bar. pressure 31.29" 1060 mb.
International Falls, MN (1989)
Low of -34 + high of -21. Wind chill between 60 + 70 below.