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Surveyors count 8 Mississippi tornadoes from Monday storms

The National Weather Service counts at least eight tornadoes that hit Mississippi Monday. Survey teams conclude storm damage was caused by twisters in Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Jefferson, Lamar, Lincoln, Pike, Simpson and Walthall counties. The strongest storm, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, hit near Mount Olive, with top winds estimated at 113 mph. It damaged structures near ...

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Another round of severe weather expected tonight

Another round of storms is expected across the area Tuesday night. Damaging wind gusts, hail up to quarter size, and tornadoes will be possible. All of this as a Yazoo County town is trying to figure out how to rebuild its town hall after a tree plunged through the roof during Monday’s storms. Mayor Lekisha Hogan says she and City ...

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Drought threatens planting of Mississippi’s wheat crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Farmers have been waiting out the drought to plant their wheat. And if there is not substantial rain in the next month, there’s a good chance there won’t be a crop this year. That’s according to Dr. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist at Mississippi State University. “If we don’t get the moisture … we can’t grow the ...

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Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters call “exceptional drought” — are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay ...

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AG REPORT — Timely rains, few issues indicate good peanut yield

With few problems this year, Mississippi’s peanut growers should see a good crop. “Overall, peanuts are doing very well,” said Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University Extension Service peanut specialist. “Peanuts in south Mississippi received consistent rain throughout the season. We were really dry for a while across northeast Mississippi and the Delta. But between days 70 and 80, we started ...

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Hurricane season expected to average

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be near historical averages. A total of 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricane are expected this season, according to the forecast prepared by CSU, which is headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach in consultation with long-time ...

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System may forecast tornadoes weeks away; Test it next week

  Researchers say they’ve come up with a way to predict the likelihood of tornadoes two or three weeks in advance — a step toward better warnings of storms that kill an average of 80 Americans each year. Victor Gensini, a meteorology professor at the College of DuPage outside Chicago, found a link between tornado activity in the United States ...

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Researchers to conduct scientific study of Southern tornadoes

  About 40 scientists from around the nation are expected to participate in “VORTEX Southeast,” an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South, weather researchers say. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will include mobile radars, drones and other equipment that can measure tornado intensity. It is set ...

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Powerful storms roll across South, causing death and damage

A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Gulf Coast states Tuesday night was expected to bring severe weather to the Carolinas by Wednesday afternoon. The Tuesday storms mangled trailers at an RV park, ripped roofs from buildings and killed at least three people in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. One of the hardest-hit areas in the Gulf Coast appeared ...

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Strong storms, possibly tornadoes heading toward Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS — A line of thunderstorms moving across Texas was expected to bring severe weather to the Deep South on Tuesday. The storms caused some wind damage in south Texas, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The weather service estimates that more than 7 million people in parts of five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida ...

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