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Possible tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Louisiana.

Forecasters say possible tornadoes struck communities in Mississippi and Louisiana during the overnight hours, leaving trees toppled and twisted. The National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Byrd said crews from the agency were being sent Wednesday to the small community of Star, Mississippi, to assess damage from what was likely a tornado. He said crews were also being sent to Franklin ...

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New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city’s outer defenses. That’s what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina’s surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water. Massive rains like those expected to accompany approaching ...

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The Latest: Conditions are favorable for Gulf hurricane soon

The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says conditions appear favorable for a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the United States coastline by this weekend. Forecasters said the weather disturbance is expected to become a tropical ...

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New Orleans, states along Gulf brace for torrential rains

A tropical weather system was expected Wednesday to develop into a storm that could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans. The low pressure area was over water, south of the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday and was expected to strengthen into a storm as it moved west through the Gulf’s ...

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Limited disaster aid set for 8 Mississippi counties

President Donald Trump is issuing a federal disaster declaration authorizing aid to eight Mississippi counties following storms and flooding in April. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says Trump signed the declaration Thursday. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to emergency workers. The declaration applies to Clarke, Clay, Itawamba, ...

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Tornado damages homes in Mississippi; no injuries reported

Forecasters say a tornado caused some damage in Hinds County — a somewhat uncommon storm for June in central Mississippi. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 twister struck Monday near Raymond, Mississippi. No injuries were reported. The weather service’s Jackson office says Monday’s tornado was only the 5th June twister to affect its forecast area in the past two ...

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Trump adds limited disaster aid for 13 Mississippi counties

President Donald Trump is expanding limited disaster aid to 13 more Mississippi counties following storms and flooding in February and March. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to emergency workers. Added Wednesday are Alcorn, Carroll, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Montgomery, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Union, Webster and Yalobusha counties. ...

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Strong storms again threatening the South

Forecasters say strong storms are again threatening the South days after dozens of tornadoes plowed through the region. The Storm Prediction Center says a front stretching from southern Texas to central Kansas will create a risk of bad weather as far east as Louisiana on Wednesday. The threat moves into the Deep South on Thursday. The weather service says there ...

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Mississippi tornado count rises to 19 in Saturday outbreak

The National Weather Service now counts 19 tornadoes that hit Mississippi on Saturday. Officials continued to clean up Tuesday in the hardest-hit areas around Hamilton and Vicksburg. By late Tuesday, Entergy Corp. cut electrical outages in Warren County to 140, down from thousands earlier. Officials now count more than 350 buildings damaged statewide, in addition to one death and 18 ...

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