Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

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 […] [...]

State’s peanut farmers feeling good about this year’s crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers are quite happy with the peanut crop they are harvesting in early October, and recent dry weather has provided excellent drying conditions. “Overall in the state, we’re seeing above average yields, and the lowest grade I’ve heard is 68-69, which is the highest grade some growers have gotten in the […] [...]

Damage reported, but few injuries, from yesterday’s storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Trees tumbled and some buildings were damaged yesterday, but few injuries were reported as a strong cold front pushed a line of thunderstorms across Mississippi. Starkville, where a sharp, brief storm hit just after 5 p.m., was among the hardest-hit locations. “There is a potential it could have been a microburst,” said […] [...]

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season weakest in decades

GULF OF MEXICO — This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only […] [...]

Sweet potato producers hoping weather turns friendly

VARDAMAN — A dry September put a damper on Mississippi sweet potato production, but the rain in early October may help the crop remaining in the field. Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said sweet potato fields received about an inch of rain Oct. 3. “We’re optimistic that this […] [...]

Storms leave school damaged, down trees and power lines

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A line of thunderstorms associated with a cold front has caused some damage in Mississippi. The National Weather Service Office in Memphis, Tennessee, says a possible tornado caused damage to Strayhorn Elementary School in Tate County late last night. Meteorologist John Sirmon says the extent of the damage to the school wasn’t […] [...]

Tupelo getting funding for removal of debris after devastating tornado

TUPELO — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), are supporting the distribution of $1.95 million in new funding to the city of Tupelo for tornado damage debris removal. The lawmakers announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding, which will support Tupelo’s ongoing recovery from a deadly […] [...]

SBA approves Bryant’s request for assistance to DeSoto County after flood

DESOTO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in DeSoto County. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Sept. 11 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for recovery. The declaration covers DeSoto County and the adjacent counties […] [...]

Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year […] [...]

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