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Georgia Governor Expands State of Emergency

Georgia governor Nathan Deal
Posted at 3:27 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 15:27:00-05

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's governor is placing 16 counties under a state of emergency following weekend deadly storms.

Gov. Nathan Deal expanded his emergency declaration Monday to include nine additional counties in southern Georgia. The declaration frees up state resources to assist storm victims.

Covered areas include Dougherty, Cook, Brooks and Berrien counties, where apparent tornadoes are blamed for killing at least 15 people Sunday.

Deal's office said the governor plans to tour the storm damaged areas Wednesday.