Posts Tagged ‘tornadoes’

Cochran: ‘Underestimating syndrome’ hurting disaster funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says budgetary “underestimating syndrome” skews congressional and public understanding of the federal funding needed to address disaster recovery. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled “The Federal Role in Disaster Recovery and Response.” The hearing featured testimony from the […] [...]

Storm-torn town to get new sports complex

SMITHVILLE — The Town of Smithville is planning to renovate the local sportsplex as the area continues to recover from an April 27 tornado. Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy tells WTVA-TV the town plans to offer baseball, softball and T-ball to kids once work is completed on two fields at the Johnny Noe Sports Plex. Kennedy […] [...]

ARC grant to aid storm-tossed city, county

SMITHVILLE — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $350,000 grant for the construction of a facility to support jobs in Smithville and Monroe County, whose economic base took a hit when a massive EF-5 tornado ripped through the region in April. The $350,000 grant from ARC will be combined with $265,800 in state […] [...]

NWS determines Delta city hit by EF-1 tornado

CLEVELAND — The National Weather Service has determined a tornado caused damage to homes and business in Bolivar County. Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. last Sunday, the weather service had received multiple reports of grounded tornados around the area. These reports came from Benoit, Boyle and the Stanton subdivision within Cleveland. […] [...]

State Farm has paid $5B for weather-related catastrophes

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As a summer of wildfires, tropical storms and hurricanes followed a spring of relentless tornadoes and hail storms, State Farm Insurance paid its customers $5 billion to repair, rebuild and replace cars, homes and other property damaged by weather-related catastrophes so far this year. State Farm is the nation’s largest insurer of […] [...]

SBA offering disaster relief to businesses in six counties

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Small, non-farm businesses in six Delta counties in Mississippi are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April […] [...]

Six counties included in USDA disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire State of Arkansas, which includes 75 counties, as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continues. Farmers and ranchers in the following […] [...]

TVA reports $240M third-quarter loss

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Refueling outages at nuclear plants and a devastating storm combined with lower electricity demand impacted third-quarter financial results, the Tennessee Valley Authority reports. TVA recorded a net loss of $240 million on $2.7 billion in revenues for the third quarter, compared with net income of $199 million on $2.6 billion in revenues […] [...]

Toyota, workers donate to tornado relief efforts

Toyota and its Japanese employees have donated $330,000 to the tornado relief efforts to be evenly distributed between the disaster relief programs in Alabama and Mississippi. Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., said, “We are grateful to our colleagues in Japan for their generosity to the […] [...]

Study: Spring tornadoes different from 1974 outbreak

by Published: July 21,2011

Tags: La Nina, severe weather, tornadoes, Weather

STARKVILLE — This spring’s rash of deadly tornadoes bears a striking resemblance to the Super Outbreak of 1974, but the summer weather that followed both of these La Nina springs is very different. Grady Dixon, an associate professor of geosciences at Mississippi State University, said this spring’s tornadoes were caused by a predictable weather pattern. […] [...]

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