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Tuscaloosa forest and it's not just Alabama that's really from all these twisters -- Georgia.
Got hit especially hard as well fifteen people killed in that state dozens of homes leveled in the governor of Georgia Nathan Deal.
Just issuing an emergency declaration he joins us now.
Governor org what do you need right now in your state and are you getting what you need.
First of all we hope that the president Wilson's -- all phoned the emergency declaration.
I've submitted that to him we have sixteen counties that I declared to be emergency areas.
And with the president's signature -- allow federal money coming in.
To our local communities so we can have the funds necessary for the recovery.
Now we've we're just saw this devastation from John Roberts in his report in an Alabama -- -- he said in this President Obama said when he visited that state earlier today I'd never seen anything.
Like it before describe what's happening.
In Georgia right now and and what the biggest hurdles are for you what you need to get done.
Well first of all we think that there were perhaps as many as eleven tornadoes we think -- have actually been confirmed.
That literally went from the middle of our state all the way across the top of our state.
The most deadly force was in the northwestern corner.
We had some eight fatalities in two -- -- they -- close to the Tennessee line.
But the thing that we need the most right now is federal assistance our local law enforcement and firefighters and emergency personnel.
Are expanding their resources and as is the state of Georgia itself and we need to have some additional revenue.
To assist in this recovery effort.
We hope long term that also are people.
Will qualify for federal assistance for low interest loans so that they can begin to restore their homes are and rebuild their businesses.
As I read I think yesterday it was 52000 people were without power Marty making any progress in terms of getting people's electricity at least turned back on at this point.
Yes our power companies are working diligently to do that -- still probably going to be several days before power restored.
Ended the hardest hit areas -- it was fortunate that the tornadoes is as devastating as they wore.
Did not hit major metropolitan areas as they did in the state of Alabama and that is that so we -- blessed in that regard.
And but we still anytime you have a loss of life as you indicated we have had fifteen confirmed fatalities.
That is a very sad and serious situation we look at a place like we just looked at in Tuscaloosa but you must be thinking to yourself -- if something like this sort of torn through Atlanta say for example.
The devastation wooden didn't indescribable.
Yes it would have been.
We put in place in our state after the 1998 tornadoes that hit the Atlanta area and the north Georgia area.
We put in place alarm systems sirens not reverse 9/11.
Phone call systems and purchasing of radios.
There -- weather radios to alarm and -- notify our people.
But we're going to reassess after these tornadoes and see if we need to make additional efforts in that regard.
And I'm sure we'll find that we do need to do that is there what did this earnest in the stands -- -- now just in the first couple days said boy this is something that.
We really need to do or something we need to do differently in the future in terms of warning people earlier are or alert systems that could be put in place or anything like that.
Well we have done a pretty good job of installing the sirens.
And they apparently worked very well but ours is a very large state and it is very difficult to cover some of the very rural parts we're gonna.
Look at that assess it and determine whether or not we do need additional resources -- But I want to commend the people of my state for working to help their neighbors communities are coming together.
Churches civic organizations and the traditional.
Aid agencies have all come and provided shelter.
And we're -- to recover we're going to be.
Okay in the long run we do hope the president will hurry up man signed the emergency declarations so that we can begin to do some things it.
We don't have the resources at the state level to do governor deal thank you very much and we wish you the the best.
Governor Nathan Deal they -- from the state of Georgia --
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