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VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) - The White House says President
Barack Obama will make a statement Friday on Hurricane Irene from his vacation rental on Martha's Vineyard. It comes as rain from the storm's outer bands begins to hit the Carolinas. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama received a morning storm briefing from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House chief of staff Bill Daley, federal emergency director Craig Fugate and others. The White House has been urging the public to
follow emergency officials' instructions.

Obama isn't expected to change his schedule as a result of the storm. He was already scheduled to leave on Saturday.

The presidential statement may head off questions about Obama's decision to keep to his vacation schedule even as the Category 2 storm bears down on the East Coast.
 

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