Governor declares State of Emergency due to Thursday storms

Friday, Jan. 13, 2023–8:06 a.m.

David Crowder, WRGA News

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has declared a State of Emergency due to the severe thunderstorms and deadly tornados that moved through the state on Thursday.

Brian Kemp

Portions of Floyd, Polk, and Bartow County saw strong storms that brought down trees and power lines. More than 1,000 Georgia Power customers in Cave Spring were impacted by a power outage.

Our immediate area did not see any tornados. The National Weather Service confirms at least four tornados in the state with one fatality reported in Butts County – a five-year-old boy.

As part of the emergency declaration, the governor has ordered agencies to respond with an all-hands-on-deck approach to the affected communities.

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