ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for three north Georgia counties where Christmas Eve storms produced flooding.
The order will be in effect for Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties through Jan. 3.
Deal's office cited damage to roads and properties, along with downed trees.
The declaration allows local authorities to seek more state aid in responding to the storm.
Deal could extend the disaster declaration to more counties as rain continues Friday.
The same weather system that has drenched north Georgia included tornadoes across at least six states, with the death toll reaching 14 as of late Thursday.
That total includes six people killed in Tennessee, seven in Mississippi and one in Arkansas.
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A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain has blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures.
State government will be closed Wednesday in the impacted areas for non-essential personnel.
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