Gov. Deal extends state of emergency, GSP to tow abandoned cars

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency after a winter storm brought Atlanta and other cities to a halt under severe ice and snow conditions.

Meanwhile, Georgia State Patrol says they will begin towing abandoned cars on interstates at 9 p.m. Thursday.

In a release, Governor Deal said the state of emergency will be extended for two additional days, through Sunday night, to assure that all necessary resources are available for state agencies and local governments to clear roads and all other winter storm-related obstacles.

GSP said troopers will begin towing vehicles at 9 p.m. Thursday night that are left in areas where they are posing a public safety hazard; this applies only to the interstates. The state will cover the cost of towing – but ONLY in cases where the towing was directed by the state. Abandoned cars deemed to not pose a safety risk will remain for owner pickup through Sunday night.

Gov. Deal also directed state government employees to report to work at regular hours tomorrow, unless doing so puts them in harm's way. He said employees who think it's not safe to travel from their location need to contact their supervisor.

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