Georgia weather: Deal declares state of emergency

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Georgia weather: Deal declares state of emergency

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A resident took photos of the devastation at Sunshine Acres Trailer Park in Cook County. State emergency management officials say several people have been killed and dozens hurt after severe storms hit southern Georgia, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Sunday declared a state of emergency for seven South Georgia counties after this weekend’s deadly storms. 

At least 11 people died and 23 were hurt Saturday with more dangerous weather approaching. 

“These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas,” Deal said in a statement. “As we continue to assess the damage, I’m prepared to expand or extend this emergency declaration as needed. In addition to the state’s response, all indications suggest we will also be submitting a request for federal assistance as well.

The declaration is in effect for Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes and Thomas counties. 

The governor, who said he will visit impacted areas in the coming days,  warned all Georgians that more severe weather is expected Sunday and to prepare accordingly. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health has sent trauma trailers to the impacted counties and other state agencies are sending resources as well. 

A state Department of Transportation spokeswoman urged motorists in the effected areas to use caution and watch for downed trees and power lines. You can also check 511ga.org or call 511 to check for road closures, Natalie Dale said. 

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