Posts Tagged ‘hurricane’

Forty-five years after landfall, Hurricane Camille is downgraded

GULF OF MEXICO — The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at the time. Researchers from the hurricane center and Florida International University […] [...]

Battered islands to get restoration from Corps

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to shore up Mississippi’s Barrier Islands by pumping in some 20 million cubic yards of sand. The corps disclosed plans at a public meeting in Biloxi. The corps plans to close the Camille Cut and restore the southern shoreline of East Ship Island. Those […] [...]

Coast city getting FEMA funding to fix Isaac-damaged piers

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is getting nearly $1.6 million to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 — work that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says has been languishing because of bureaucratic environmental hurdles. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency […] [...]

Bryant signs hurricane deductible bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippians will see uniform rules about when hurricane deductibles apply to their homeowners insurance under a law that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed. House Bill 756, sponsored by Biloxi Republican Scott DeLano, requires Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to rule that higher deductibles apply beginning when a hurricane watch or warning is issued somewhere […] [...]

House bill would require more information from insurers

JACKSON — Lawmakers could require insurers to disclose how much they collect in premiums and how much they pay in claims in each ZIP code. House Bill 753 could spark more debate over how much coastal homeowners are charged to cover against hurricanes, as well as make it clearer what areas private wind insurers are […] [...]

Hospital lands grant to make tower hurricane resistant

PASCAGOULA — A $17 million grant will let Singing River Health System renovate the south tower of Singing River Hospital, fortifying it against hurricanes. Chief operating officer Kevin Holland tells The Mississippi Press that improvements paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will include windows able to withstand 150-mph winds. He says existing windows […] [...]

Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show […] [...]

Governor declares emergency ahead of Karen; river, reefs closing

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Karen was poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. Karen was forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand […] [...]

Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million […] [...]

Brittany Bell joins WAPT-16 weather team

by Ross Reily Published: September 13,2013

Tags: Business, communications, hurricane, JACKSON, media, Mississippi, technology, tornado, WAPT, Weather

16 WAPT has added meteorologist Brittany Bell as the station’s weekend evening weather expert. Bell, a Mississippi State University alumna who graduated in three years with a 4.0 GPA, joins 16 WAPT from sister station KHBS/KHOG in Ft. Smith/Rogers, Ark.   [...]

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