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Tropical Storm Karen forms in Caribbean, aims for the Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday morning, becoming the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. As of 8 a.m. ET, the storm had winds of 60 mph. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for the U.S. Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana.. The storm should impact the Gulf ...

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Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million remaining in the Katrina grant ...

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Brittany Bell joins WAPT-16 weather team

16 WAPT has added meteorologist Brittany Bell as the station’s weekend evening weather expert. Bell, a Mississippi State University alumna who graduated in three years with a 4.0 GPA, joins 16 WAPT from sister station KHBS/KHOG in Ft. Smith/Rogers, Ark.  

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Former military drones converted to storm research tool

GULF OF MEXICO — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the Air Force. Two of the ...

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Shipbuilder reaches $180M settlement with insurer for Katrina losses

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries and its insurer have reached cash settlement for $180 million for the shipbuilder’s losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at facilities in Pascagoula and Avondale, La. The Mississippi Press reports that the information was contained in a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Sept. 6, the company reached a settlement with ...

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Katrina-wrecked bed and breakfast prepares to reopen

BAY ST. LOUIS — A bed and breakfast destroyed eight years ago by Hurricane Katrina is about to re-open on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports the Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis is set to re-open on Sept. 21. Owner Nikki Moon says the project to bring the Bay Town Inn back had help from a ...

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USM-Gulf Park cuts ribbon on last Katrina-damaged building

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has cut the ribbon on opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the building’s reopening. Elizabeth Hall, which ...

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Warm waters could mean storm development as the Gulf Coast braces

The area of tropical moisture being monitored in the western Caribbean could develop to bring flooding rain to the Southeast by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erin has formed over the eastern Atlantic. Tropical development in the Caribbean and Gulf has been a concern since early this week, with numerous scenarios still in play. However, meteorologists continue ...

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Two storms could threaten Gulf — one as quickly as this weekend

Two possible tropical storms are developing just in time for the traditional peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. One system is forming between Cuba and Central America and the National Hurricane Center estimates it has a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 2 days, and a 60 percent chance of doing so within five ...

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