Governor Kemp says Georgia “very fortunate” after tornado outbreak

As bad as the damage is in Georgia from Sunday's tornado outbreak, Governor Brian Kemp says we're very fortunate.

"It is a miracle we haven't had a loss of life," the governor told Atlanta's Morning News.

More than 20 people lost their lives just across the state line in Alabama, but so far there are no reports of fatalities in Georgia.

A day after touring tornado damage in west-central and South Georgia, Governor Kemp told WSB the State of Emergency will remain in place for as long as needed in Talbot, Harris and Grady counties.

"We see the damage, and some of the folks I talked to that rode the storm out in their home that was devastated it's amazing," Kemp said.

The governor has also been impressed with the way people are pitching in to help those in need. He said, "A lot of folks there are already serving food and helping their neighbors."

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Kemp said he's not sure yet if the damage in Georgia will qualify for federal disaster assistance. The governor did speak to President Trump who Kemp said, "Offered his full support and the help of the federal government."

While folks are cleaning up from this latest natural disaster, Governor Kemp is also concerned about South Georgia farmers who are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Michael last fall.

The governor will travel to southwest Georgia Tuesday along with Agriculture Secretary Gary Black to get an update from farmers and provide an update on efforts to get them federal aid.

"This should have been done already." Kemp said, "The president continues to offer his full support."

Governor Kemp is calling on members of congress to pass a bill proposed by Georgia Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson.

"We're hopeful we can get this done, but we cannot continue to wait. Our farm families need that done right away," Kemp said.

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