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Obama on Irene: 'This is not over'
With Irene weakening, Obama warns those in its path that the storm's impact is not over
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' President Barack Obama says that while Tropical Storm Irene is weakening, it is still a threat to those communities in its path.

Speaking from the Rose Garden, Obama says the public is still at risk of flooding and power outages. He is urging people to continue to listen to the guidance of their state and local officials in the coming days.

Obama praised those officials, as well as first responders, for their work preparing and responding to the storm. He says it has been an example of how good government can benefit the public.

Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it made its way up the East Coast. Most areas, including New York City, appear to have escaped with less damage than originally expected.

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