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Trustees discuss emergency funding for tornado-torn schools

HATTIESBURG — Members of the Hattiesburg Public School District board of trustees met yesterday to discuss emergency funding for the damage caused to Hattiesburg schools by Sunday’s EF4 tornado. The Hattiesburg American reports the tornado damaged 25 of the district’s 27 buses, wrecked the high school baseball field and caused substantial structural damage to other parts of the high school ...

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Tornado damage assessments continue as President declares disaster

SOIUTH MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state. Obama signed the declaration yesterday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Forrest and Lamar counties, which were affected by ...

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A tale of the chase: the Hattiesburg tornado

It is one of the lasting images of the recent Hattiesburg tornado. Almost a half-million people have clicked on the 5 and-a-half-minute YouTube video of a stormchaser racing down Hardy Street, only to be cutoff by an EF4 tornado as it plows into the south side of the University of Southern Mississippi campus. Harrowing, awe-inspiring and scary. But for John ...

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Weather Channel apologizes for Hattiesburg name goof

Eventually, The Weather Channel will learn its Mississippi geography. The weather network has apologized for referring to Hattiesburg as Johannesburg, MS, in its post-tornado coverage Monday. During Hurricane Issac, the network upset many when it referred to Mississippi as the “Land Mass between New Orleans and Mobile,” prompting a Facebook page by that name. The Weather Channel apology said: “Thank ...

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Cleanup from tornado hampered by rain, thunderstorms

HATTIESBURG — Rain and thunderstorms were likely to complicate work today to clean up the debris strewn across southern Mississippi by a tornado, which left residents marveling that no one died despite the severity of the destruction. Roofs were torn from homes and massive trees were tossed across houses. In one part of Hattiesburg, the bricks that had once formed ...

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Smithville bypass unlikely any time soon

Smithville need not fret over the prospect that a Mississippi Highway 25 bypass will leave the town’s Central Business District to decay and die. At least not for a couple more decades, says Bill Jamison, Northern District engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Federal and state money is unlikely to be available for realigning and widening the highway in ...

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MEMA gives update on damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from 11 counties as a result of severe weather that moved through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. “We were very fortunate that only one minor injury was reported,” said MEMA director Robert Latham. The counties reporting damages are: • Coahoma: Damage to at least one home and ...

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Storm system causes damage across South, Central U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible twisters tore across several states in the South and central U.S. yesterday, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes. One death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man was sheltering, police told Nashville ...

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Entergy earns another EEI award for disaster response

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has again honored Entergy Corporation with the association’s 2012 Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award, this time for the utility’s work restoring power to its own customers following Hurricane Isaac and to customers of other utilities after Hurricane Sandy and last June’s derecho weather event. This is the 15th consecutive year Entergy ...

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