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With tornadoes increasing in frequency in Mississippi, storms shelters can be a good investment

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com According to a study published in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, the tornado belt is shifting, with Mississippi being one of 13 states where tornado activity is increasing. With the state experiencing a spate of more severe weather, installing a storm shelter or safe room is a good investment, said Rick Maradiaga, office/logistics manager with ...

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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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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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Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds

Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won’t get state or federal funding to help repair related damages. WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won’t receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies. Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis says the damage isn’t considered a ...

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William Carey making huge comeback from devastation of tornado

When William Carey University President Tommy King first saw the devastation of the campus after the EF3 tornado Jan. 22, his thought was: “We will never be able to save this campus.” “The campus was just in total disarray,” King said. “All but two buildings had damage of varying degrees. » READ THE COMPLETE STORY ON Hattiesburg Business Today

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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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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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Strong storms, possibly tornadoes heading toward Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS — A line of thunderstorms moving across Texas was expected to bring severe weather to the Deep South on Tuesday. The storms caused some wind damage in south Texas, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The weather service estimates that more than 7 million people in parts of five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida ...

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After dodging December tornadoes, banks step up to provide assistance

In the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that tore through Marion and Jones counties in central Mississippi, local banks stood strong, offering advice, volunteering and donating money to aid in their community’s recovery. The tornado took a path that seemed to track the seven offices of Citizens Bank of Columbia, CEO Lee Fedric said. There are two offices in Columbia ...

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Severe weather slams Mississippi; 4 killed

JACKSON — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said thousands ...

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