Posts Tagged ‘hurricanes’

Hurricane center: New warnings on storm surge

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: hurricanes, insurance, Mississippi, storm surge, Weather

MIAMI — If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about […] [...]

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake

by Published: December 28,2012

Tags: Hurricane Issac, hurricanes, Katrina, MEMA, NOAA

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake On Aug. 28, almost seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac blasted the same area. Though only a Category 2 storm, Isaac’s arrival at high tide, its direction and slow movement caused widespread damage and destruction across South […] [...]

MEMA exec: Focus should be on individual preparedness, not governmental response

PEARL — After learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it’s time to shift focus from governmental response to individual preparedness, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency leaders say. MEMA executive director Robert Latham Jr., who was reappointed to the position in January after heading MEMA from 2000-2006, said he has been meeting with local officials […] [...]

FEMA forgives county’s Hurricane Katrina loan

JACKSON COUNTY — The government has forgiven $10.5 million that Jackson County borrowed after Hurricane Katrina from FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program. The Sun Herald reports the announcement came today during the county board of supervisors’ meeting. Over the years, the debt had grown to $12.6 million with interest. In a previous round of consideration, […] [...]

Forecasters: Atlantic could see 15 storms this hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters predict there will be about nine to 15 storms during this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its initial outlook Thursday for the six-month storm season that officially begins June 1. The season got an early start when Tropical Storm Alberto formed last Saturday […] [...]

State registers 47th StormReady-designated community

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County has received the state’s 47th StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. “One of the things that we can count on in our state is severe weather,” said Mississippi Emergency Management director Robert Latham. “I hope […] [...]

Judge wants Ladners’ alleged co-conspirators identified

HANCOCK COUNTY — A federal judge has ordered the government to identify alleged co-conspirators in a case involving a Hancock County couple accused of being involved in a kickback scheme related to storm cleanup contracts. Roger Ladner, a former Hancock County road manager, and his wife, Sharon, are scheduled for trial July 23 in federal […] [...]

More insurers writing wind coverage policies on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Traditional insurance companies are still generally avoiding coastal risks. But a few companies new to Mississippi’s coastal market are writing wind coverage for well-built homes near the waterfront. So are insurance carriers that are not licensed in Mississippi. Angelyn Treutel is an independent insurance agent and vice president of the agency […] [...]

Wind Pool buys $815M in reinsurance for upcoming hurricane season

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Jackson County board member Mark Cumbest says Mississippi’s insurer of last resort has bought $815 million in reinsurance for the coming storm season. Reinsurance — essentially insurance for insurers — is a major driver of policy premiums. It protects the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association from debilitating claims, such as those created […] [...]

Corps: New $19M seawall not stairwell to beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Bay St. Louis seawall is not meant for public access but to protect the road and utilities from hurricanes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Susan Rees, manager of the Corps’ Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, tells the Sea Coast Echo the $19 million seawall is not a stairwell […] [...]

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