Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency Monday evening due to the threat of severe storms moving into the area, according to a press release.

The release states that Deal made the declaration in preparation for the storms that have caused extensive damage in the central and southern portions of the country. Doing so will free up state resources needed to respond to any counties affected by the storm, according to the release.

“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal stated in the release. “Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.”

The state of emergency will remain in effect “until the threat subsides,” the release reads.