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(CNN) – The last time the state of Georgia was hit by a winter storm, it was a disaster. Now, another storm is barreling down on the state, one that forecasters have described as historic, crippling, and catastrophic.
"We're making all the necessary preparations for the storm that is already on top of us," Gov. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"We are prepared, we think we're ready to do everything that is possible with the resources that are available to keep Georgians safe," said Deal.
A big help this time around is that schools were closed, and residents were advised to stay home, reducing traffic and congestion as the storm hit.
Power outages, icy roads, and people not having a warm place to stay are all concerns.
"Ice is the biggest danger, and right now we are seeing sleet and freezing rain that is going to intensify," said Deal.
The state has federal food and water resources on standby, and the national guard is working with the Georgia emergency management agency to assist in distribution of supplies.
Those who lose power in the middle of the night can hunker down with blankets, or seek refuge elsewhere, says Deal.
"We expect people to use their own good judgment," said Deal. "For older people and those in nursing homes, we are already working cooperatively to make sure that if their power goes out, that they have back-up generators."
The storm is not is expected to wrap up by the end of the week, "but it will probably be well into Friday, maybe even Saturday before some of the ice and the snow is actually all melted."