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Perry issues emergency proclamation ahead of storm

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has issued an emergency proclamation, mobilizing state resources as many parts of the state brace for a severe winter storm.

In a statement Thursday, Perry urged affected communities to "prepare for dangerous weather conditions."

His order activates a statewide emergency operations center. It also means 54 Texas Military Forces personnel and 20 supporting vehicles were standing by in Wichita Falls and Sherman to help rescue any stranded motorists.

Department of Transportation officials were treating roadways in areas expected to be especially hard-hit, and the Public Utility Commission was monitoring for power outages due to ice.

The governor said the National Weather Service is forecasting freezing rain and ice across much of the state "with significant impacts around north and central Texas."

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