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Weather Service discovers tornado touched down in Pine Belt

JONES COUNTY — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Sunday night in Jones County. A survey team examined the path of the twister yesterday, estimating it had top winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 2.7 miles in an area east of Laurel near Masonite Lake. The team rates the tornado EF-1 on ...

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Damage reported, but few injuries, from yesterday's storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Trees tumbled and some buildings were damaged yesterday, but few injuries were reported as a strong cold front pushed a line of thunderstorms across Mississippi. Starkville, where a sharp, brief storm hit just after 5 p.m., was among the hardest-hit locations. “There is a potential it could have been a microburst,” said David Cox, a meteorologist in ...

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Storms leave school damaged, down trees and power lines

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A line of thunderstorms associated with a cold front has caused some damage in Mississippi. The National Weather Service Office in Memphis, Tennessee, says a possible tornado caused damage to Strayhorn Elementary School in Tate County late last night. Meteorologist John Sirmon says the extent of the damage to the school wasn’t immediately known. He says a ...

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Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Initial estimates of ...

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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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Louisville tornado believed to be EF4; state's death toll grows to nine

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit the Louisville area last night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, confirmed the rating today. An EF-4 rating means the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph. Reports are pending on the tornado that struck the ...

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Threat continues for more severe storms

While residents across Mississippi are reeling from yesterday’s destructive tornadoes, emergency officials warn the today’s storms could bring more devastation. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service ask residents to remain weather-aware with additional severe weather expected to move through the state this afternoon through mid-evening. The National Weather Service forecast includes the threat of several modes ...

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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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Officials remain concerned about ongoing flooding

Two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed, and state officials are concerned about more damages and loss of life. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg and Highway 80 at Chunky River are still closed. State Route 149 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek and Highwawy 540 in Simpson County have ...

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