Georgia governor expands state of emergency to include entire state

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Sunday expanded an emergency declaration to include all of the state’s 159 counties.

A state of emergency previously existed primarily for areas near the Georgia coast.

Deal made the declaration based on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma.

State government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees except essential personnel.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency at www.gema.ga.gov.

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