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Meteorologist: Lid about to fly off the Tropical storm season

If you were thinking it’s been a quiet year for hurricanes, forecasters say you shouldn’t let your guard down. The worst is yet to come. “Still 75 percent of the season to go,” Weather Channel meteorologist and on-air personality Jim Cantore wrote in a twitter post to the Northwest Florida Daily News. “They will happen.” But how many will happen, ...

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FEMA forgives county's Hurricane Katrina loan

JACKSON COUNTY — The government has forgiven $10.5 million that Jackson County borrowed after Hurricane Katrina from FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program. The Sun Herald reports the announcement came today during the county board of supervisors’ meeting. Over the years, the debt had grown to $12.6 million with interest. In a previous round of consideration, FEMA forgave $2.8 million. Since ...

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Forecasters: Atlantic could see 15 storms this hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters predict there will be about nine to 15 storms during this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its initial outlook Thursday for the six-month storm season that officially begins June 1. The season got an early start when Tropical Storm Alberto formed last Saturday off South Carolina’s coast. The ...

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W.C. Fore Trucking lands $19.1M port elevation project

GULFPORT — A $19.1 million contract has been awarded by the Port of Gulfport to elevate the first 43 acres of the West Pier to 25 feet. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. of Biloxi will be hauling roughly 200 loads of dirt a day to the Port of Gulfport. Officials say it will take almost 1.5 million ...

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State wants unspent $6M back from Coast county

HANCOCK COUNTY — The state has asked Hancock County for $6 million in funds not spent on a “property acquisition” project. The project is a limited buy-out plan designated to reduce the repetitive losses of residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County. The Sea Coast Echo reports the county has not spent any of the $10 million it was allotted ...

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Insurers will pay $32B for weather-related losses in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Insurance companies will pay more than $32 billion in claims to help people rebuild homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by natural disasters in 2011, a record year for federal disaster declarations, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Catastrophes striking the United States in the first nine months of 2011 caused $32.6 billion in direct insured ...

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Rosemary Barbour to appeal Katrina-related penalties

JACKSON — Rosemary Ramirez Barbour plans to appeal more than $350,000 in penalties and damages she was ordered to pay after a judge said she defrauded the government on a Hurricane Katrina contract. Barbour’s company, Alcatec, LLC, was awarded a contract after the 2005 hurricane to inspect and maintain Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers. The FBI raided Alcatec’s office in ...

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State Farm has paid $5B for weather-related catastrophes

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As a summer of wildfires, tropical storms and hurricanes followed a spring of relentless tornadoes and hail storms, State Farm Insurance paid its customers $5 billion to repair, rebuild and replace cars, homes and other property damaged by weather-related catastrophes so far this year. State Farm is the nation’s largest insurer of homes and autos, and it ...

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Damage assessment from Lee continues as new storm threatens

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive damage reports from the effects of Tropical Storm Lee. And, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf and warnings have already been issued. It could become a hurricane as early as tomorrow. So far, 30 counties have reported damages ranging from minor to major due to Lee. ...

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First named Gulf storm churns toward Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arlene is slowly organizing and is expected to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves toward Mexico. Tropical storm warnings have been issued in Mexico for the northeastern coast from Barra De Nautla north to Bahia Algodones. The storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico early tomorrow. The ...

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