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Gov. Deal expands state of emergency to all of Georgia

EMA director: 'Now is the time to prepare'

Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins and his partners talk with reporters about local plans to deal with Hurricane Irma before it bears down on Georgia.
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Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins and his partners talk with reporters about local plans to deal with Hurricane Irma before it bears down on Georgia.

As Hurricane Irma is poised to approach Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the state’s emergency declaration Sunday to include an additional 65 counties, which means all of Georgia is now under a state of emergency.

State government will be closed Monday and Tuesday, with the exception of essential personnel, according to a news release.

Deal will hold a news conference with the latest updates at 6 p.m. The Telegraph will carry the live stream on its Facebook page, facebook.com/telegraphga.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a tropical storm warning Sunday for Macon and is not ruling out that portions of south Georgia could see Irma still at hurricane strength Monday.

The warning includes 35-45 mph sustained winds and gusts to 60 mph early Monday into Tuesday.

Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.

Members of the Georgia State Defense Force set up cots to help prepare Memorial Park Recreation Center for Hurricane Irma evacuees.

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