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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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Alcorn becomes fifth university to be named StormReady

LORMAN — Alcorn State University is the fifth Mississippi university to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “University campuses can be impacted by tornadoes, as was the case last February when the University of Southern Mississippi was hit,” said NWS Jackson meteorologist-in-charge Alan Gerard. “We are very pleased that the leadership at Alcorn State has taken the ...

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Tornado-torn town gets more recovery funding

SMITHVILLE — The town of Smithville has received $1.3 million to help with its ongoing recovery from a 2011 tornado. Gov. Phil Bryant presented Monroe County with a check last Friday. The money will be used to help cover the cost of the town’s domed gym and safe room at the Smithville Attendance Center. The north Mississippi town was devastated ...

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City to spend $774M on damaged schools; Collins lands contract

GREENVILLE — The Greenville school system will spend $774,000 for repairs at two storm-damaged local schools. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the school board awarded the contract this week to Roy Collins Construction Co. of Cleveland. Straight-line winds tore through the Greenville area last October. At T.L. Weston Ninth Grade Academy, the roof, several classrooms and the bus barn ...

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USM moves to second phase of tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is moving into the second phase of a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of its Hattiesburg campus that suffered extensive damage from a Feb. 10 tornado. The initial phase of the $3-million project – which included planting of five mature live oak trees, grass sodding and major irrigation work – ...

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