GA Gov. expands state of emergency to include entire state

Hurricane Irma, Tampa Skyline
Storm clouds associated with the outer bands of Hurricane Irma shroud the downtown skyline Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Several parts of the Tampa Bay area are under a mandatory evacuation order for the approaching storm. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(WSPA) – Governor Nathan Deal has decided to expand the state of emergency to include all 159 counties in the state of Georgia, according to a press release.

With heavy rains, strong wind, and possible flooding ahead, the governor decided to add the remaining 65 counties to the state of emergency.

The state government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees except essential personnel, according to the release.