Posts Tagged ‘tornado’

Entergy crews working to rebuild tornado-damaged facilities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than 100 Entergy employees, along with more than 400 contractors, are working seven days a week to rebuild electrical facilities damaged during five distinct tornadoes on April 27, including the first twister of 2014 to earn a high-end rating of EF4, packing winds between 166-200 mph. While power has been […] [...]

Despite tornadoes, state’s poultry growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The poultry industry is riding a wave of success, propelling it from a strong 2013 into another year with promises of favorable market prices and lower production costs. John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several issues will influence poultry profits in 2014. “We expect […] [...]

SoS now delivering voter IDs to storm victims

JACKSON — In the wake of the April 28 storms, the Secretary of State’s Office will travel to any eligible voter who needs a Mississippi Voter ID card. “Many Mississippians are struggling to put their lives together after the deadly tornadoes,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Having an acceptable photo ID to present on […] [...]

Poultry farmers lose more than one million birds to storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Poultry growers are reeling from the April 28 tornadoes that caused tremendous damage on farms and the loss of more than a million birds in four Mississippi counties. The Mississippi Board of Animal Health reported that 1,044,800 birds died from the tornadoes or subsequent power outages. Winston, Wayne, Newton and Scott counties […] [...]

Storm victims in additional counties eligible for SBA assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration adds more counties to the disaster declaration due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on April 28-May 3. The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston in Mississippi which are eligible for […] [...]

Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up […] [...]

Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and […] [...]

Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who […] [...]

MDEQ assessing household hazardous waste in wake of tornadoes

LEE COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes. There are currently two household hazardous waste collection sites that will be provided for […] [...]

Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency […] [...]

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