Gov. Deal | 'This is a different type of natural disaster'

Georgia's governor is asking for patience.

ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal addressed the state after Irma blew through. He outlined the state's response and recovery efforts saying the process will be slow.

He also said the state submitted requests for public assistance from the federal government for all 159 counties. One request has been approved and others were submitted Tuesday morning.

The storm left at least three people dead and more than a million without power. Fallen trees are blocking roads across the state and power crews are scrambling to restore power to the areas hardest hit. 

"This is a different type of natural disaster," Deal said.

"Recovery is going to be a little more slow."

What to know before heading home

"Before anyone can return to an area that was a mandatory evacuation are, two things have to happen,' he said.

  • There must be bridge inspections on bridges leading back into those areas.
  • Local officials must give the all clear for residents before they can return.

Several other state department heads also spoke on their agency's plan after Irma. Watch the full press conference here.

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