Emergency declared as southern US floods

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A state of emergency has been declared after thunderstorms and heavy rain sparked flash flooding in the US state of Georgia.

Local news reports show roads submerged and home owners struggling to keep floodwaters out.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Sunday, directing all state resources to help with "preparation, response and recovery activities".

The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to 25 millimetres per hour was causing creeks, streams, roadways and urban areas to experience unusually high levels of water.

Up to 305mm of rain has fallen in the area, Kemp's executive order said.

"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order," the service said.

The service has advised locals to avoid non-emergency travel, with more emergency rainfall forecast.