Deal orders state offices closed, declares emergency in all counties

[private]As Hurricane Irma moved closer to passing through Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal said Sunday that all state government agencies would be closed on Monday and Tuesday “for all employees except essential personnel.”

Deal also widened his declaration of a state of emergency to include all of the state’s 159 counties.

“Hurricane Irma will now potentially produce excessive rainfall and damaging winds, causing extensive flooding, fallen trees and the closure of numerous roads throughout the state of Georgia,” Deal said in his executive order.

“Due to the size of the storm, all of Georgia may be potentially impacted, regardless of Hurricane Irma’s exact path,” Deal said.

Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, hit the southern end of Florida Sunday morning and started moving slowly northward.

Current estimates are that the storm will swerve slightly to the west as it moves inexorably through Georgia towards the Metro Atlanta area.

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