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National Hurricane Center unveils storm surge-risk map

GULF COAST — A new online mapping tool from the National Hurricane Center shows the risks of storm surge from Texas to Maine. The hurricane center launched the interactive map Tuesday. It allows residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can reach during a variety of ...

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Tropical Storm Karen has FEMA workers un-furloughed

Even a federal shutdown has to yield to a potential hurricane. Some workers who were furloughed due to the federal government shutdown are being called back to work as Tropical Storm Karen churns in the Gulf of Mexico. White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama is being updated about the storm. He says Obama directed his team to ...

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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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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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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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Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, building and engineering director, says ...

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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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Buccaneer's wave pool to open tomorrow since detroyed by Katrina

WAVELAND — The 460,000-gallon wave pool at Buccaneer State Park will be open tomorrow for the first time since Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the water park in 2005. The Sun Herald reports Buccaneer Bay director Stu Rayburn rode out Hurricane Katrina at the park and was there during the difficult recovery process following the storm. Work on the $21 million ...

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University's Coast campus almost back to pre-Katrina condition

LONG BEACH — With four of five building projects completed, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is nearing its full return from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The first buildings to be completed were the Science Building and Nursing Building, both located on the northwest corner of campus. The Science Building, a $10-million new construction ...

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