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Report: Primary insurers to bear most of Isaac-related losses

NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings says it anticipates losses related to Isaac will be largely borne by primary insurers, but estimates remain uncertain. Fitch wrote: “Though Isaac carries significant threat, new flood control systems built post-Katrina are expected to limit the surge from Isaac in the New Orleans region. “Catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide reported an initial estimate of industry insured ...

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Mandatory evacuations go out on Coast; President declares emergency

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mandatory evacuation had been ordered by today in low-lying areas of all three Mississippi coastal counties, and waves were washing across beachside roads as Hurricane Isaac swirled offshore. All three coastal counties also set overnight curfews. And, President Obama has issued an emergency declaration for parts of Mississippi under the Isaac threat. An evacuation order came ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi International suspending flights; Coast casinos close

GULFPORT — The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is suspending all incoming and outgoing flights before noon today due to the approach of Isaac. The last flights are scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. today, says Clay Williams, airport executive director. He says the airport will probably close tomorrow, but flights are scheduled to resume Thursday. The airport is served by five ...

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State's utilities adding extra work crews ahead of Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi utility companies have extra crews on hand for possible widespread outages from Isaac. Entergy Mississippi spokeswoman Mara Hartmann tells the Clarion-Ledger the company has asked for 3,750 additional workers from outside the service territory to help restore service in Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. Entergy has more than 435,000 customers in 45 counties in Mississippi. Hartmann didn’t ...

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Hood: State of emergency does not prompt price-gauging law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has released a statement informing Mississippians included in the designated emergency impact area created by Issac that the current state of emergency does not allow his office to enforce the price gouging statute. “A state of emergency alone does not establish our ability to enforce the price gouging statute,” said Hood.  “The governor must ...

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Storm-tossed Isle reopens after damage repairs

NATCHEZ — The Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez is back in business after being temporarily closed to repair damage from a weekend storm. Isle spokeswoman Jill Alexander says the damage was sustained last Friday night during a severe thunderstorm. The casino reopened Tuesday night. Alexander says the boat was hit with high wind, causing damage to the entry ramps ...

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City, university named StormReady

OXFORD — The City of Oxford and University of Mississippi are the latest communities to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 27 StormReady designations including 14 communities, 11 counties and the University of Southern Mississippi and now the University of Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the weather service that helps communities protect ...

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