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President Obama Briefed on Winter Storm, Urges Major Prep

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- From the Oval Office, President Obama was briefed Tuesday morning by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about preparations being made for the winter storm that is making its way eastward across at least one-third of the country.

In what could be the worst snowstorm the country has seen in more than 40 years, more than a foot of snow may fall on a 2,100-mile stretch from New Mexico to Maine, weather forecasters have said.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for nine states with the storm expected to significantly affect Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago and Milwaukee.

On his call with Napolitano and Fugate, the White House says the president “stressed the need to be prepared for all scenarios, including significant power outages across the country, and that state and federal agencies need to work closely to support affected communities.”

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