Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

Deadline for FEMA assistance to storm victims approaching

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents that June 30 is the deadline to register with FEMA for assistance to recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28-May 3. Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties […] [...]

NOAA scientists plan to fly drones into hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend […] [...]

Peanut planting delayed by weather, but in ‘pretty good shape’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Most peanut growers are on schedule despite the cool, wet weather that hit Mississippi at the beginning of May. “We are in pretty good shape all over the state,” said Jason Sarver, peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. “The cool, wet spell […] [...]

Entergy runs hurricane drill as Atlantic season kicks off

JACKSON — To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company’s utility service territory recently took part in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on Entergy’s service territory. Following Hurricane Katrina, Entergy adopted the federal and state Incident Command Structure for disasters […] [...]

Forecasters predict slower-than-normal hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said today, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared. The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain […] [...]

SBA approves $5M-plus in loans so far to storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $5 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents in Mississippi affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 through May 3, 2014. Also, the SBA reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Mississippi that the deadline to submit a […] [...]

Mobile hospital opens in tornado-torn Louisville

LOUISVILLE — The National Mobile Disaster Hospital has opened in a Mississippi city where the local hospital was heavily damaged by an April 28 tornado. It opened yesterday in Louisville, and will be used until Winston Medical Center is rebuilt. Local physicians, nurses and support employees will work in the facility owned by the Federal […] [...]

With clear skies, farmers look to get planting back on schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Frequent rains kept farmers indoors through much of April, but clear weather in early May allowed them to play catch-up on row-crop planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that planting of most of the state’s row crops is back on schedule after the wet early spring. Corn is the first crop […] [...]

DMR wants input on how to spend Bonnet Carre damage funding

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries. The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach’s St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially […] [...]

Some non-profits eligible for post-tornado assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans are available as a result of a presidential disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April […] [...]

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