President Trump signed a disaster declaration Friday afternoon for Georgia, which is preparing for damaging winds and coastal flooding in parts of the state that are expected to be hit by Hurricane Irma.

The emergency declaration comes days after Trump made Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which have also been impacted by Irma, eligible for federal disaster aid.

"This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures," the White House said in a statement.

Trump has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Departments to coordinate with local authorities in Georgia as the category 4 hurricane makes its way toward the Florida Keys and Georgia coast.

Two dozen people have already died because of the hurricane, which has already devastated parts of Barbuda and the Virgin Islands.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has encouraged more than half a million residents of the state's coastline to evacuate their homes before Irma hits the continental U.S. late Saturday night.