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Rain already hitting Gulf Coast as tropical storm advances

Coastal residents are feeling the effects of a severe storm system that’s churning in the Gulf of Mexico. Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. The main road leading to the island’s narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Red flags ...

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Mississippi gets $13M in grants to fix roads damaged in 2016

Mississippi will get $13 million in federal money to repair roads damaged by storms and flooding in 2016. Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced the grants Wednesday. The Federal Highway Administration will give $7.9 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to repair roads, embankments, bridges and drainage structures in 21 counties damaged by March 2016 storms. A second $5.1 ...

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Woman dies in Mississippi storm during 911 call

A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek Monday was among four people killed in storms across the South. Jacqueline Williams, 52, ran off a road into a creek in Florence early Monday and dialed 911 from the car as it went down, said Rankin County Coroner David ...

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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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