Posts Tagged ‘hurricane’

Former military drones converted to storm research tool

GULF OF MEXICO — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the […] [...]

Shipbuilder reaches $180M settlement with insurer for Katrina losses

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries and its insurer have reached cash settlement for $180 million for the shipbuilder’s losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at facilities in Pascagoula and Avondale, La. The Mississippi Press reports that the information was contained in a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Sept. 6, the […] [...]

Gabrielle reforms in Atlantic; Humberto expected to be hurricane today

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Gabrielle has re-formed in the Atlantic and is approaching Bermuda. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda, where Gabrielle is expected to bring a storm surge of […] [...]

Katrina-wrecked bed and breakfast prepares to reopen

BAY ST. LOUIS — A bed and breakfast destroyed eight years ago by Hurricane Katrina is about to re-open on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports the Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis is set to re-open on Sept. 21. Owner Nikki Moon says the project to bring the Bay Town Inn […] [...]

USM-Gulf Park cuts ribbon on last Katrina-damaged building

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has cut the ribbon on opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the […] [...]

Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to […] [...]

Wind pool rate to go up 3.2% for homeowners, 5% on commercial policies

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Insurance rates for the state wind pool are set to increase Dec. 1 on renewals and new policies. The Sun Herald reports a Mississippi Insurance Department filing shows owners of homes and mobile homes will see hikes of 3.2 percent, and commercial policies will go up 5 percent. Wind pool director […] [...]

Aldermen scrap revamping of building codes due to budget woes

OCEAN SPRINGS — Aldermen have decided not to spend money for an update to the codes that govern how the city of Ocean Springs will develop. The Sun Herald reports the cost was $25,000 to hire a professional to go through the city’s zoning and other codes to make them better at protecting the city’s […] [...]

County lands $10M FEMA grant for post-Isaac recovery

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the federal government to help erase the effects of Hurricane Isaac last year. The Sun Herald reports that the county will receive $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for dredging silt that Isaac swept into the mouths of bayous and channels. Matching money […] [...]

Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always […] [...]

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