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Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to be major, with winds greater ...

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Aldermen scrap revamping of building codes due to budget woes

OCEAN SPRINGS — Aldermen have decided not to spend money for an update to the codes that govern how the city of Ocean Springs will develop. The Sun Herald reports the cost was $25,000 to hire a professional to go through the city’s zoning and other codes to make them better at protecting the city’s look and development. But even ...

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County lands $10M FEMA grant for post-Isaac recovery

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the federal government to help erase the effects of Hurricane Isaac last year. The Sun Herald reports that the county will receive $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for dredging silt that Isaac swept into the mouths of bayous and channels. Matching money from the state and county ...

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Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always budget for a percentage increase, ...

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Short-handed Hurricane Hunters face challenges, tough choices

BILOXI — The commander of the Hurricane Hunters says the squadron is facing some tough choices as to which storms they fly into and how often. “Three we can’t do. Two I can do for a short time,” Col. Craig LaFave, commander of the 403rd Reserve Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, tells WLOX-TV. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance ...

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Construction to begin on new hurricane evacuation route

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work on a comprehensive highway project involving construction of roadway along Highway 607 in Hancock County, creating an additional hurricane evacuation route for local residents. The project was awarded to TCB Construction Company of Poplarville for $15.2 million. Crews will build two new southbound lanes on Highway 607 ...

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Tropical Storm Chantal races toward Caribbean

Tropical Storm Chantal barreled through the Atlantic Ocean early Monday, racing toward the Lesser Antilles, the National Weather Service said. The third named storm of the 2013 hurricane season is expected to cross into the Caribbean on Tuesday. Chantal, with top sustained winds of 40 mph, was about about 705 miles (1,130 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados, moving to the west ...

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Aldermen want to land debris contractor before storm hits

MOSS POINT — The Board of Aldermen has approved a request to advertise for debris pickup in case of a storm. Alderman-at-large Houston Cunningham said the city wants to have a plan in place for debris removal in case a hurricane makes landfall this season, rather than trying to find a contractor after the storm. In 2012, after Hurricane Isaac, ...

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USDA releases disaster recovery funding for Isaac, floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports Mississippi will receive more than $6.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support recovery from recent natural disasters. The USDA has approved Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funding to assist in the recovery from damages incurred during Hurricane Isaac and flooding in 2012, as ...

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