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Landress joins WAPT weather team

WAPT announced the addition of Meteorologist Christana Kay Landress to its weather team as weekend morning meteorologist. Landress is an AP Award winner (Best College Weathercast) and graduate of Mississippi State University, where she is completing a Master’s degree in Professional Meteorology and Climatology. A Georgia native, Landress is also a competitive figure skater, former MSU Color Guard Captain, former ...

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Drought affecting about 1 million in Deep South

A new assessment shows about 1 million people are being affected by drought in the Deep South, but conditions are improving slightly in some areas. The latest report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina all have regions that are too dry. The worst areas are agricultural counties in southeast Alabama and ...

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Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf, could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Barry formed off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday and threatened to blow ashore as a hurricane with drenching rains that could test the flood-control improvements made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago. Forecasters said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season could hit the state’s swampy southern tip on Friday, with the biggest danger ...

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Hurricane center says tropical depression likely in Gulf

The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. Forecasters in Miami said Monday that a trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf where a broad area of low pressure will form in a couple of days. The ...

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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 say they will rebuild tornado-damaged school

Officials in a Mississippi city say they will seek to rebuild a tornado-damaged school campus that housed an alternative school. Columbus Superintendent Cherie Labat tells local media the district will rebuild the former Hunt High School, which housed the district’s alternative school. The campus lost its roof and upstairs classrooms in Saturday’s storm. The Columbus Success Academy, as the alternative ...

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Miss. gov. declares state of emergency for Dec. 27 storms

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency declaration for eight counties hard hit by storms that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in the state last week. Bryant announced the proclamation Tuesday night on Twitter. The emergency was declared for Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jones, Lauderdale, Perry and Wayne counties. Bryant said the declaration ...

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Forecasters now expect less active Atlantic hurricane season

U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated outlook predicts nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes. Up to two hurricanes could be “major” with sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph). Four storms already have developed this year, including two ...

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