Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

Weather Service discovers tornado touched down in Pine Belt

JONES COUNTY — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Sunday night in Jones County. A survey team examined the path of the twister yesterday, estimating it had top winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 2.7 miles in an area east of Laurel near Masonite Lake. The team […] [...]

Demand outstripping Christmas tree supply as growers retire

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in […] [...]

Spring-like weather system spawns tornado in South Mississippi

WALTHALL COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a tornado has been spotted near Tylertown, but apparently did not touch down. Spokesman Greg Flynn says the sighting was reported Sunday to Walthall County emergency management. It was reported just northwest of Tylertown, near Mississippi Highways 98 and 583. He says there has not been […] [...]

Corps’ closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the […] [...]

National Hurricane Center unveils storm surge-risk map

GULF COAST — A new online mapping tool from the National Hurricane Center shows the risks of storm surge from Texas to Maine. The hurricane center launched the interactive map Tuesday. It allows residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can […] [...]

Report says Red Cross botched response to Issac, Sandy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published yesterday, the second anniversary of Sandy. The report cites internal documents and […] [...]

Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28’s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people […] [...]

State’s pumpkin growers hurt by disease, summer rain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across Mississippi, but some growers had trouble getting them there. Many Mississippi pumpkin farmers experienced heavy disease pressure and a delayed harvest due to frequent summer rains. Growers planted more acres this year, but harvested fewer pumpkins than usual, said Stanley Wise, Union County agriculture and […] [...]

FEMA approves more than $43M for tornado recovery efforts

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), report approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed […] [...]

October storm has little impact on state’s agriculture industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Oct. 12, harvest was 87 percent complete for rice, 74 percent […] [...]

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