Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated.
In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 leaving 16 dead.
While recovery efforts were still underway from those storms, the Mississippi River began an historic rise. Fears were high that the river would overtop the levees causing home and business owners to scramble for higher ground. Fortunately, the flood control measures held, but the Mississippi Delta is still reeling.
Ironically as some braced for floods, the rest of the state was experiencing a prolonged drought. The hot, dry weather began March 1 and lingered for months. South Mississippi was especially hard hit; 12 counties were eventually declared disaster areas.
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