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Meteorologists: Beware severe weather next month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — National Weather Service meteorologists are warning Mississippi residents to be wary of severe weather in November. Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are the only states that historically have a fall tornado and severe weather season each year, Stephen Wilkinson, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Jackson, tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. For most ...

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Flood project looks to aid emergency response agencies

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has funded a University of Mississippi project to assist local emergency response agencies in the Delta in preparing for flood-related disasters. “Flood Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Associated with Mississippi River Levees” is a $470,776 study that began in June 2011 and continues through April 2013. Geological and civil engineering faculty, along with ...

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Alderman wants pre-storm cleanup by businesses, contractors

LONG BEACH — Alderman Mark Lishen says Long Beach should require businesses and construction sites to make sure their building materials, trash and trash containers won’t become battering rams in hurricanes. He tells WLOX-TV he wants an ordinance to make sure that such things are secured or removed before hurricanes arrive on shore. Lishen’s current proposal wouldn’t penalize homeowners who ...

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Capital City earns Weather Service's StormReady designation

JACKSON — The Capital City is the newest Mississippi community to earn the National Weather Service’s StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 15 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a ...

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Governor urging Coast residents to flee; toll-free number available

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant is urging people in low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast to evacuate for Isaac, which is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the state, even if the center of the storm comes ashore in Louisiana. Bryant said during a briefing today in Gulfport that 1,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen ...

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State ready for disasters with MEMA’s state-of-the-art emergency center

Mississippi has had its share of natural disasters with deadly and devastating tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes. Manmade disasters such as oil and chemical spills and train wrecks are no strangers either. With no guarantee these disasters will pass us by in the future, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is prepared to respond and help residents recover. The Emergency Operations ...

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MEMA exec: Focus should be on individual preparedness, not governmental response

PEARL — After learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it’s time to shift focus from governmental response to individual preparedness, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency leaders say. MEMA executive director Robert Latham Jr., who was reappointed to the position in January after heading MEMA from 2000-2006, said he has been meeting with local officials to discuss concerns about this ...

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State registers 47th StormReady-designated community

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County has received the state’s 47th StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. “One of the things that we can count on in our state is severe weather,” said Mississippi Emergency Management director Robert Latham. “I hope individuals, families and businesses will ...

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Another county earns NWS' StormReady designation

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — Claiborne County has received Mississippi’s 46th StormReady designation. Mississippi has 23 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous ...

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Corps: New $19M seawall not stairwell to beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Bay St. Louis seawall is not meant for public access but to protect the road and utilities from hurricanes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Susan Rees, manager of the Corps’ Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, tells the Sea Coast Echo the $19 million seawall is not a stairwell to the beach although some ...

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