Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responds to a pointed question about the city's response to the snow storm as Gov. Nathan Deal looks on, during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in the Governor's office at the State Capitol in Atlanta. A rare snowstorm left thousands across the U.S. South frozen in their tracks, with workers sleeping in their offices, students camping in their schools, and commuters abandoning cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches or even grocery stores. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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In preparation for severe storms that have caused extensive damage in states to the west, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency.

The declaration will free up all state resources needed for preparation and response in the counties targeted by the storm.

“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal said.

“Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.

“The state is sending the latest weather information we have available to affected schools districts, so that they can make informed decisions as they plan for tomorrow. I recommend that Georgians download the Ready Georgia app, follow GEMA on Twitter and tune in to media reports as the weather develops.”

The state of emergency will extend until the threat subsides.