MIssissippi tornado News

Sales of Storm Shelters Surge in Mississippi

Before April 28, two suppliers of storm shelters reported an average of four to 10 orders a month in 2014. They say that since then they’ve each sold more than 100 and that it could be several months before they …

Mississippi Approves $17M for Tornado Recovery

The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session Thursday approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became …

Mississippi to Hold Special Session to Address Tornado Costs

Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting Thursday to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said Tuesday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up …

Mississippi Gov. Bryant Eyes Special Session on Tornado Damage

Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match …

Some In Tupelo Say Warning Sirens Never Sounded Before Tornado

Some people in Tupelo are saying that warning sirens failed to sound before a tornado struck the city Monday afternoon. Resident LaShona Jamison, who has a siren in her backyard, told WTVA-TV that the siren never activated. “It never went …

Mississippi County Hit by Tornado Faces Challenge of Starting Over

Rescuers were still looking for people missing after Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding …

Mississippi Tornado Was Rated EF-4, Says Weather Service

The National Weather Service said the tornado that hit the Louisville, Miss., area Monday night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., confirmed the rating. An EF-4 rating means the …

Storm Threat Continues in South; 11 Lives Already Lost in Southeast

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the U.S. South, threatening more damage to a region where dozens died in the past two days. There’s a moderate risk of severe storms, high winds and hail from eastern Mississippi …

In Rural Mississippi, Recovery Uneven a Year After Tornado

A year after a strong tornado hit Mississippi’s rural Pearl River County, residents are recovering unevenly. Sue Hubbard’s family has a new metal roof on their new house, thanks in part to insurance payments. But the Sun Herald reported that …

Mississippi High School Suffered $7M in Tornado Damage

Lamar County (Mississippi) School District officials said a Feb. 10 tornado caused $7 million in damage to Oak Grove High and its baseball and football facilities. The Hattiesburg-American reported that the district has a $50,000 insurance deductible it hopes to …