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Obama declares disaster in wake of storms as death toll rises

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28. Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from President Obama on April 29, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation yesterday sent a letter to the president in support of the governor’s request. The counties ...

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Twenty counties see storm damage; death toll climbs to 12

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of at 12 deaths and widespread damages related to the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through the state Monday. The counties reporting storm-related deaths are as follows: Issaquena: One death. Lee: One death. Rankin: One death. Winston: Nine deaths. National Weather Service survey crews have confirmed tornadoes touched ...

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Storm system claims lives, leaves communities in shambles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive reports of numerous counties affected by severe weather and possible tornadoes. The Associated Press is reporting seven fatalities in Mississippi from 12 tornadoes. The counties reporting damages are as follows: DeSoto:  Road closures due to flash flooding.  Itawamba:  Minor injuries.  Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees.  Several homes ...

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State officials watching gathering storm clouds

Emergency management personnel statewide are watching the skies, hoping that the Magnolia State doesn’t see the devastation and fatalities already recorded from a robust storm system that is making its way here. The official tally so far is 16 dead in Arkansas and one dead in Oklahoma from strong tornadoes. The tornado in Arkansas left an 80-mile path of destruction, ...

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OSHA fines Chevron for fatal explsion at Coast refinery

PASCAGOULA — Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery has been fined $24,000 related to the November explosion and fire that left one employee dead, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tonya Graddy of Semmes, Ala., a five-year operator for the refinery, was killed Nov. 15 when an explosion occurred in the furnace of the Cracking II Processing Unit. The cracking unit ...

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Another death reported from weekend storms

COAHOMA COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a second person has died because of recent storms. MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn says a Coahoma County man died Wednesday at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital. The man had been taken there after he was injured when strong winds destroyed his mobile home April 3. Flynn said yesterday that the man’s name ...

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Storm leaves one dead, damaged homes and closed roads

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late yesterday, authorities said. Yazoo County director of emergency management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child’s mother positively identified her, he said. The preliminary cause of ...

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Region still struggling with ice and snow; death toll grows

South Mississippi residents and businesses continue to be impacted by ice and snow, and the death toll has grown. Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week’s winter storm. The latest came yesterday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of the passengers in the moving ...

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More than a dozen counties see damage from storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says 15 counties have reported damage from Saturday’s storms. The death toll remains at two, one each in Coahoma and Jasper counties, with several injuries reported statewide. MEMA said yesterday that Marshall County reported one injury, six homes, a business and a public facility damaged. Homes or mobile homes also were damaged ...

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