Gov. Brian Kemp declares state of emergency in three Georgia counties

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By: WGCL 46 Atlanta
March 4, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in three southwestern Georgia counties after tornadoes caused massive devastation in the area on Sunday night.

Governor Kemp made the declaration just before 10 a.m. Monday morning for Grady, Harris and Talbot counties.

His declaration will activate the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan, which means all state resources will be made available to assist in the ongoing response and recovery activities in those three counties.

"With extensive storm damage in Grady, Harris, and Talbot Counties, it is imperative that we take swift action to help affected Georgians and deploy state resources in ongoing response and recovery efforts. This declaration immediately dispatches additional first responders and assistance as we continue to assess the damage," stated Governor Kemp in a press release.

"Throughout this process, I have received regular updates from state and local leaders. Based on this information, I will travel to affected areas this afternoon with emergency management personnel to witness the damage firsthand. At this time, we extend our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by severe weather in Georgia and Alabama, where citizens in Lee County are reeling from the deaths of at least twenty-three people and massive structural damage."

Tornadoes ripped through eastern Alabama, southwest Georgia and north Florida on Sunday, killing at least 23 people and causing extensive damage.