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UPDATE 1-Biden to travel to winter storm-battered Texas on Friday

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(Adds quote and details from spokeswoman)

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden andfirst lady Jill Biden will travel to Texas on Friday to visit astate that has been hit hard by a winter storm, leading to masspower outages and a disruption of water supplies, the WhiteHouse said.

The two will travel to Houston, spokeswoman Jen Psaki toldreporters.

"The president will meet with local leaders to discuss thewinter storm relief efforts, progress toward recovery, and theincredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas,"she said.

Biden will also visit a health center where COVID-19vaccines are being distributed, Psaki said.(Reporting by Makini Brice and Jeff MasonEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)