During a briefing Monday afternoon, Gov. Deal expanded the state of emergency from 31 to 45 north Georgia counties as the state expects a two-part winter storm. “We are facing two different waves of bad weather. The first one will come in this evening. And it will be followed by a second wave that at this time appears to be more serious than the first,” said Deal. Deal says the state’s emergency operations center will be open at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, and Tuesday will include a liberal leave policy for state employees.
Governor Nathan Deal has extended the winter storm state of emergency through Sunday night. Thursday, the governor extended the state of emergency for two additional days in order to assure all necessary resources are available for state agencies and local governments to clear roads and any additional storm-related obstacles. In a statement released Thursday evening, Deal says he has directed state government employees to report to their workplaces at regular hours on Friday, unless doing so puts them in harm’s way.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration for the entire state of Georgia. In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Deal urged Georgians who have to drive to use extreme caution while on the roads. "Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Violent storms raked the Southeast Wednesday, leaving two dead, including a Georgia man. In Adairsville, a massive storm front that tore across several states left a wake a destruction, unleashing tornadoes and dangerous winds that flipped cars and destroyed homes and businesses.