Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a statewide State of Emergency following the severe weather experienced across Georgia and other southern states.
“We are praying for those who lost loved ones overnight and the families dealing with severe storm damage. In coordination with private-sector partners, multiple state agencies – including the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, and Georgia Forestry Commission – are working hard to restore power, clear debris, and provide necessary assistance to families across the state,” Kemp said. “This morning, I also spoke with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, and I greatly appreciate his offer of federal assistance as we work to rebuild and recover from these storms.”
Overnight there were 40 tornado warnings issued across the state for Georgia and, as of this morning, 177,000 Georgia residents still did not have power. Officials report that Walton County appears to have missed the worst of it except for some power lines and trees down.