Georgia ramped up its state of emergency Monday as crews organizing the cleanup from the weekend’s deadly storms begged for additional aid. Gov. Nathan Deal expanded his emergency declaration to include nine additional counties in southern Georgia. The declaration frees up state resources to assist storm victims. The storms killed at least 20 people, most of them in Georgia.

The governor promised to visit the storm-ravaged areas later this week, offering his “thoughts and prayers” to victims there. North Georgia was under a wind advisory for most of the day Monday, as forecasters warned wind gusts could top 40 mph, Fox 5 reported. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for much of Charlotte, N.C., as well as for several streams in Cabarrus County just east of Charlotte. READ MORE