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Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic; forecast to strengthen

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with additional strengthening forecast during the next few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. The storm is centered ...

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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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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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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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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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Gulf gets first named storm; Fla. bracing for landfall

GULF OF MEXICO — The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Andrea, formed yesterday over the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to bring wet weather to parts of Florida’s west coast over the next few days. Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for a swath of Florida’s west coast starting at Boca Grande, an island to the ...

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Officials eyeing Coast for post-Isaac solutions

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Federal and Louisiana officials, looking for housing solutions for Hurricane Isaac-damaged parishes, are studying post-Hurricane Katrina housing built in Mississippi. Jon Mabry of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Disaster Recovery Division led a tour of post-disaster housing complexes Wednesday, answering questions for representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, FEMA and Louisiana disaster recovery ...

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Officials still deciding on post-Isaac debris cleanup

OCEAN SPRINGS and MCCOMB — A decision is expected in the next couple of days on whether Jackson County will clean up Hurricane Isaac debris along East and Front beaches in Ocean Springs. The Sun Herald reports attorneys for the city, county and secretary of state held a conference call to determine if the county can conduct the cleanup. Attorneys ...

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Entergy: Isaac's costs run $400M-$500M

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation has released an update on preliminary financial effects, liquidity resources and recovery initiatives after Hurricane Isaac. Total restoration costs for the repair and/or replacement of the electrical facilities in areas with damage from Isaac are estimated to be in the range of $400 million-$500 million. Each utility company is responsible for its restoration cost obligations ...

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Rains from Isaac raise river, but don't offer long-term relief

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could help the drought-stricken Mississippi River, but experts say it’s not enough for long-term relief. The Mississippi River is lower than it has been in years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busy trying to keep barge traffic flowing on the vital shipping channel. Marty Pope, a hydrologist ...

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