Posts Tagged ‘wind’

Hurricane forecaster: Last year was ‘water, water, water’

GULF OF MEXICO — Last year’s hurricane season drove home some big lessons, the nation’s chief hurricane forecaster said Tuesday: Storm surge and flooding are dangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes it’s even harder to communicate that sense of urgency to the public. It wasn’t just high winds that posed a threat and caused […] [...]

Deadline approaching for Hurricane Isaac assistance

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Clarke, George, Greene, Jackson,Lauderdale and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster […] [...]

Tornado debris cleanup almost complete in Hub City area

HATTIESBURG — Nearly three months after a Feb. 10 tornado hit the Hattiesburg and Lamar County, the debris cleanup operations are winding down. Lamar County road manager Jake Sones tells The Hattiesburg American debris cleanup operations will end this week. Since the tornado, Lamar County crews have collected 25,293 cubic yards of vegetative debris, along […] [...]

Sign-up for aid for Isaac victims ends this month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Isaac. The deadline is May 30. Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million are available […] [...]

Counties approved for assistance following tornadoes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration approves disaster assistance to residents and businesses in several Mississippi counties affected by the severe weather and tornadoes, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The declaration covers Noxubee County and the adjacent counties of Kemper, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Winston. Applicants will be able to apply in […] [...]

Storm spawns perhaps two twisters, no injuries/damge reported yet

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A National Weather Service spokesman says storm chasers caught video of a tornado touching down yesterday in rural Sharkey County in the Mississippi Delta. The tornado was spotted near Nitta Yuma at 5:22 p.m. CDT. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage. The spokesman says there also were reports […] [...]

Some businesses just now reopening following EF-4 tornado

HATTIESBURG — In keeping with the traditional Mississippi never-say-die attitude, many Hattiesburg area business owners affected by the Feb. 10 tornado are getting back on their feet — and back in business. Employees at Carlstedt’s Florist had to work out of refrigerated trucks after the EF4 tornado tore off the back of the building. The […] [...]

Cleanup of debris from Feb. 10 tornado almost complete

PINE BELT — Officials are nearing the end of the debris cleanup from the Feb. 10 tornado that struck northeastern Lamar County, Hattiesburg and Petal. The Hattiesburg American reports Petal wrapped up its debris cleanup efforts March 22. Mayor Hal Marx says the cleanup tab was approximately $100,000. In Hattiesburg, John Brown, assistant to the […] [...]

Insurance firm found guilty of Katrina-related fraud

GULFPORT — A federal jury has found State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government and submitted a false record to support fraud after Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald reports the verdict came after the eight-member jury deliberated for three hours Monday in a whistleblower lawsuit. The decision potentially opens for […] [...]

Court agrees to review ruling in Katrina-related climate-change case

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals court has agreed to review a three-judge panel’s ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, […] [...]

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