Posts Tagged ‘storm’

With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop […] [...]

EPA looking to minimize chemical releases during hurricanes

by MBJ Staff Published: May 21,2013

Tags: chemical, ecosystem, environment, federal agency, hurricane, pollution, storm, tropical, Weather, wildlife

GULF OF MEXICO — As hurricane season approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to […] [...]

Panel rejects appeal in global warming/Katrina lawsuit

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property. In the lawsuit, the landowners sought compensatory and […] [...]

MDA adds $40M to Katrina fund for omitted neighborhoods

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list. Under the program, contractors are repairing Katrina-damaged homes not covered by previous disaster assistance. Jon Mabry, chief operations officer of MDA’s recovery division, told The Sun Herald 1,200 […] [...]

County buying four flood-proned homes through MEMA

PEARLINGTON — Hancock County’s buy-out program has finally gotten off the ground. Four homes in the Pearlington community are currently in the process of being purchased through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency program. County leaders tell WLOX-TV they will have up to $10 million to purchase as many repetitive loss properties as they can. Supervisor […] [...]

Hurricane forecaster: Last year was ‘water, water, water’

by Associated Press Published: May 7,2013

Tags: flood, flooding, forecast, hurricane, rain, storm, storm surge, tropical, Weather, wind

GULF OF MEXICO — Last year’s hurricane season drove home some big lessons, the nation’s chief hurricane forecaster said Tuesday: Storm surge and flooding are dangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes it’s even harder to communicate that sense of urgency to the public. It wasn’t just high winds that posed a threat and caused […] [...]

Board of Contractors, AG warn of crooked contractors

JACKSON — Following a series of recent storms, the Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office (MSAGO) are joining forces to send a message to crooked contractors that bad business won’t be tolerated in the Magnolia State and violators will be prosecuted. “Mississippi has been hit hard by storms in […] [...]

Hailstorm claims exceed $209M; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — The latest report from Mississippi’s major insurance carriers on the March hailstorm to the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) shows that both claim and payment numbers continue to rise. As of the April 15 reporting period over 56,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims have been filed and claims payments are at $209.4 million, […] [...]

Counties approved for assistance following tornadoes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration approves disaster assistance to residents and businesses in several Mississippi counties affected by the severe weather and tornadoes, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The declaration covers Noxubee County and the adjacent counties of Kemper, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Winston. Applicants will be able to apply in […] [...]

Storm spawns perhaps two twisters, no injuries/damge reported yet

by Associated Press Published: April 19,2013

Tags: astorm chaser, disaster, natural disaster, severe storm, severe weather, storm, storm spotter, tornado, Weather, wind

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A National Weather Service spokesman says storm chasers caught video of a tornado touching down yesterday in rural Sharkey County in the Mississippi Delta. The tornado was spotted near Nitta Yuma at 5:22 p.m. CDT. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage. The spokesman says there also were reports […] [...]

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