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  • William Carey's Clinton Gymnasium likely to become a memory

    William Carey's Clinton Gymnasium likely to become a memory

    Sunday, January 22 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-01-23 04:36:03 GMT
    William Carey University's athletic director DJ Pulley has been on the job for less than six months, and he's already in the middle of his toughest assignment. Thankfully, he wasn't caught in the middle of the EF-3 tornado that smacked every building on campus Saturday around 3 a.m. Instead, he was in Sumrall catching up on his favorite television shows. "I'm kind of a paranoid father and my little boy doesn't take severe weather too seriously so I (wanted to) stay up," Pu...More >>
    William Carey University's athletic director DJ Pulley has been on the job for less than six months, and he's already in the middle of his toughest assignment. Thankfully, he wasn't caught in the middle of the EF-3 tornado that smacked every building on campus Saturday around 3 a.m. Instead, he was in Sumrall catching up on his favorite television shows. "I'm kind of a paranoid father and my little boy doesn't take severe weather too seriously so I (wanted to) stay up," Pu...More >>
  • SBA approves over $5 million disaster loans in MS

    SBA approves over $5 million disaster loans in MS

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:19 AM EDT2017-03-13 15:19:53 GMT
    Loans will be available until March 27. Source: WDAMLoans will be available until March 27. Source: WDAM

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $5 million in low-interest disaster loans for businesses and residents in Mississippi affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, according to the SBA.  

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    The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $5 million in low-interest disaster loans for businesses and residents in Mississippi affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, according to the SBA.  

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  • Community gives back to tornado victims through specials, events

    Community gives back to tornado victims through specials, events

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-13 15:03:59 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Numerous community organizations and businesses have already begun planning events to give back to those affected by the Jan. 21 tornado. The Depot Coffee House and Bistro in downtown Hattiesburg will hold a fundraiser Jan. 24 and 25.  "This Tuesday and Wednesday, we are offering chicken and andouille gumbo with all proceeds of the dish going to our friends affected by the tornado this past weekend," read a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. Hub City Comedy...

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    Numerous community organizations and businesses have already begun planning events to give back to those affected by the Jan. 21 tornado. The Depot Coffee House and Bistro in downtown Hattiesburg will hold a fundraiser Jan. 24 and 25.  "This Tuesday and Wednesday, we are offering chicken and andouille gumbo with all proceeds of the dish going to our friends affected by the tornado this past weekend," read a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. Hub City Comedy...

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  • Volunteers: Sign up before you show up

    Volunteers: Sign up before you show up

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-13 15:03:59 GMT
    Petal Primary teachers and volunteers clean school playground after tornado. Source: WDAMPetal Primary teachers and volunteers clean school playground after tornado. Source: WDAM

    Numerous volunteer efforts have been made across Petal and Hattiesburg in the wake of the tornado that hit the Pine Belt Jan. 21.

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    Numerous volunteer efforts have been made across Petal and Hattiesburg in the wake of the tornado that hit the Pine Belt Jan. 21.

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  • 6-year-old loses hearing aids in tornado, hopes to hear again

    6-year-old loses hearing aids in tornado, hopes to hear again

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 7:30 PM EST2017-03-02 00:30:39 GMT
    ZhaMyria Hutchinson/Photo credit: WDAMZhaMyria Hutchinson/Photo credit: WDAM

    After the Jan. 21 tornado swept through the Hub City, there are countless tales of families losing their belongings.

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    After the Jan. 21 tornado swept through the Hub City, there are countless tales of families losing their belongings.

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  • Hundreds of volunteers still removing storm debris from Hattiesburg neighborhoods

    Hundreds of volunteers still removing storm debris from Hattiesburg neighborhoods

    Thursday, January 26 2017 4:06 PM EST2017-01-26 21:06:43 GMT
    Volunteers are dispatched daily from places like the Volunteer Recovery Center on South Tipton Street in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WLOX)Volunteers are dispatched daily from places like the Volunteer Recovery Center on South Tipton Street in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WLOX)

    They are the backbone of the ongoing post-storm cleanup across the Pine Belt. Volunteers are dispatched daily from places like the Volunteer Recovery Center on South Tipton Street in Hattiesburg.

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    They are the backbone of the ongoing post-storm cleanup across the Pine Belt. Volunteers are dispatched daily from places like the Volunteer Recovery Center on South Tipton Street in Hattiesburg.

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  • Donations pouring in for Hattiesburg tornado victims

    Donations pouring in for Hattiesburg tornado victims

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:03 PM EST2017-01-24 04:03:33 GMT

    People around the coast are pitching in to help with recovery efforts in Hattiesburg in the aftermath of Saturday's deadly storms. Groups from Gulfport to Pascagoula are collecting donations to take to our neighbors to the north.

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    People around the coast are pitching in to help with recovery efforts in Hattiesburg in the aftermath of Saturday's deadly storms. Groups from Gulfport to Pascagoula are collecting donations to take to our neighbors to the north.

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  • Road to recovery continues after January tornado

    Road to recovery continues after January tornado

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-02-14 23:55:37 GMT
    Baker's home/Photo credit: WDAMBaker's home/Photo credit: WDAM

    It’s been Just over three weeks since the deadly tornado ripped through portions of the Pine Belt and people in some of the hardest hit areas are still looking for help. 

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    It’s been Just over three weeks since the deadly tornado ripped through portions of the Pine Belt and people in some of the hardest hit areas are still looking for help. 

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  • Petal Purple Heart recipient creates art from tornado debris

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 12:39 PM EST2017-02-14 17:39:00 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    A Petal man touched a woman's heart all the way in Texas when he crafted the aftermath of destruction and devastation and created beauty and hope.

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    A Petal man touched a woman's heart all the way in Texas when he crafted the aftermath of destruction and devastation and created beauty and hope.

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  • William Carey students going back to class in one week

    William Carey students going back to class in one week

    Monday, February 13 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-02-13 23:30:13 GMT

    Students are one week away from going back to class at William Carey University. The campus is on track to restoring some sense of normalcy.

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    Students are one week away from going back to class at William Carey University. The campus is on track to restoring some sense of normalcy.

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  • FEMA sets up mitigation stations at Petal, Hattiesburg Lowe's

    FEMA sets up mitigation stations at Petal, Hattiesburg Lowe's

    Saturday, February 11 2017 7:16 PM EST2017-02-12 00:16:02 GMT
    FEMA is providing information about building safer and stronger at Lowe's stores in Petal and Hattiesburg through Feb. 14. Photo credit WDAM.FEMA is providing information about building safer and stronger at Lowe's stores in Petal and Hattiesburg through Feb. 14. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping those wanting to rebuild stronger and safer after last month's tornado. 

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    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping those wanting to rebuild stronger and safer after last month's tornado. 

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  • Memorial run to honor lives lost in Hattiesburg, Petal tornado

    Memorial run to honor lives lost in Hattiesburg, Petal tornado

    Thursday, February 9 2017 8:40 AM EST2017-02-09 13:40:35 GMT
    The run is in honor of those who lost their lives in the storm. Source: FGHThe run is in honor of those who lost their lives in the storm. Source: FGH

    A memorial run has been scheduled to honor the lives lost in a devastating tornado that struck both Hattiesburg and Petal on January 21. 

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    A memorial run has been scheduled to honor the lives lost in a devastating tornado that struck both Hattiesburg and Petal on January 21. 

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  • Animal shelter shares donations in tornado damaged neighborhoods

    Animal shelter shares donations in tornado damaged neighborhoods

    Monday, February 6 2017 7:14 PM EST2017-02-07 00:14:38 GMT

    Dozens of volunteers joined Southern Pines Animal Shelter staff Saturday morning to distribute donations into Hattiesburg neighborhoods damaged by the deadly EF-3 tornado on January 21st.

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    Dozens of volunteers joined Southern Pines Animal Shelter staff Saturday morning to distribute donations into Hattiesburg neighborhoods damaged by the deadly EF-3 tornado on January 21st.

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  • Picayune company providing monitors for tornado debris removal

    Picayune company providing monitors for tornado debris removal

    Saturday, February 4 2017 7:42 PM EST2017-02-05 00:42:26 GMT
    Representatives from DebrisTech host a training session for potential monitors at La Quinta Inn Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Representatives from DebrisTech host a training session for potential monitors at La Quinta Inn Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Picayune company is helping Hattiesburg clean up tornado debris.  

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    A Picayune company is helping Hattiesburg clean up tornado debris.  

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  • Gulf Coast students deliver relief supplies for tornado victims

    Gulf Coast students deliver relief supplies for tornado victims

    Friday, February 3 2017 8:36 PM EST2017-02-04 01:36:34 GMT
    Students from West Harrison High School drove to Petal in two school buses to drop off relief supplies at the Petal Children's Task Force.  Source: WDAMStudents from West Harrison High School drove to Petal in two school buses to drop off relief supplies at the Petal Children's Task Force. Source: WDAM

    About 20 students from a Gulf Coast school made their way to the Pine Belt Friday to deliver supplies to tornado victims. Students from West Harrison High School drove to Petal in two school buses to

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    About 20 students from a Gulf Coast school made their way to the Pine Belt Friday to deliver supplies to tornado victims. 

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  • SBA opens business recovery center for storm victims

    SBA opens business recovery center for storm victims

    Friday, February 3 2017 8:24 PM EST2017-02-04 01:24:37 GMT
    The SBA can also help with Economic Injury Disaster Loans to assist with working capital needs.  Source: WDAMThe SBA can also help with Economic Injury Disaster Loans to assist with working capital needs. Source: WDAM

    Business owners who suffered damage from the Jan. 21 tornado have a new place to go to get financial assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center at

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    Business owners who suffered damage from the Jan. 21 tornado have a new place to go to get financial assistance. 

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  • PHOTO: Residents open 'Petal Portalet' for workers helping with tornado damage

    PHOTO: Residents open 'Petal Portalet' for workers helping with tornado damage

    Friday, February 3 2017 8:22 PM EST2017-02-04 01:22:50 GMT
    Residents set up a porta potty in front of a home and dubbed it the “Petal Portalet.”/Photo credit: Viewer submittedResidents set up a porta potty in front of a home and dubbed it the “Petal Portalet.”/Photo credit: Viewer submitted

    Petal isn’t called the “Friendly City” for nothing. As crews work to clear tornado damage in the area, some residents decided to do something nice for their hard work.

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    Petal isn’t called the “Friendly City” for nothing. As crews work to clear tornado damage in the area, some residents decided to do something nice for their hard work.

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  • Hattiesburg city council holds meeting to discuss storm recovery

    Thursday, February 2 2017 11:21 PM EST2017-02-03 04:21:17 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The Hattiesburg city council held a special-called meeting Thursday to discuss tornado recovery. 

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    The Hattiesburg city council held a special-called meeting Thursday to discuss tornado recovery. 

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  • Consider This: Thank you for donating, but the work is not finished

    Consider This: Thank you for donating, but the work is not finished

    Thursday, February 2 2017 4:24 PM EST2017-02-02 21:24:20 GMT
    Consider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAMConsider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAM

    On January 21, three Pine Belt counties were devastated by a deadly tornado that claimed four lives and destroyed over a thousand homes. 

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    On January 21, three Pine Belt counties were devastated by a deadly tornado that claimed four lives and destroyed over a thousand homes. 

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    Photos of Hattiesburg Red Cross burglary suspect released

    Photos of Hattiesburg Red Cross burglary suspect released

    Thursday, February 2 2017 4:19 PM EST2017-02-02 21:19:18 GMT

    Hattiesburg police are investigating after the American Red Cross Office was burglarized, and they have now released photos of a potential suspect.   

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating after the American Red Cross Office was burglarized, and they have now released photos of a potential suspect.   

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  • What to look out for after a storm causes damage to your home

    What to look out for after a storm causes damage to your home

    Thursday, February 2 2017 12:21 PM EST2017-02-02 17:21:10 GMT
    What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAMWhat to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM

    A tornado can cause widespread damage in a short amount of time, as seen on January 21st, but for people who only suffered minor damage, it's still important to have your home inspected.  

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    A tornado can cause widespread damage in a short amount of time, as seen on January 21st, but for people who only suffered minor damage, it's still important to have your home inspected.  

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  • Donation gives all Hattiesburg fire stations a safe shelter

    Donation gives all Hattiesburg fire stations a safe shelter

    Thursday, February 2 2017 12:20 PM EST2017-02-02 17:20:23 GMT

    All first responders with the Hattiesburg Fire Department now have a safe place to ride out any severe weather that heads to the Pine Belt. 

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    All first responders with the Hattiesburg Fire Department now have a safe place to ride out any severe weather that heads to the Pine Belt. 

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  • Hattiesburg, Petal volunteer centers handle 2,000 volunteers, 1,100 work orders so far

    Hattiesburg, Petal volunteer centers handle 2,000 volunteers, 1,100 work orders so far

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 9:25 PM EST2017-02-02 02:25:39 GMT

    Volunteer Mississippi's volunteer response centers in Hattiesburg and Petal continue to send people into the community to help with tornado relief.  

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    Volunteer Mississippi's volunteer response centers in Hattiesburg and Petal continue to send people into the community to help with tornado relief.  

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  • Sisters lose family home on Magnolia Avenue

    Sisters lose family home on Magnolia Avenue

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 8:55 PM EST2017-02-02 01:55:51 GMT
    Sisters lose family home on Magnolia Avenue in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAMSisters lose family home on Magnolia Avenue in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM

    Sisters Lillie Dooley and Doris Jones said on Magnolia Avenue in Hattiesburg, a family went well beyond the four walls of their house.

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    Sisters Lillie Dooley and Doris Jones said on Magnolia Avenue in Hattiesburg, a family went well beyond the four walls of their house.

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  • Calfornia man travels for three days to help tornado victims

    Calfornia man travels for three days to help tornado victims

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:42 PM EST2017-02-01 20:42:05 GMT
    Dan Lundin is retired, and hopped in his car as soon as he heard that people needed his help. Source: WDAMDan Lundin is retired, and hopped in his car as soon as he heard that people needed his help. Source: WDAM

    2,312 miles.  Dan Lundin said it took him three day to drive from California to the Pine Belt after the deadly EF-3 tornado hit. 

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    2,312 miles.  Dan Lundin said it took him three day to drive from California to the Pine Belt after the deadly EF-3 tornado hit. 

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  • Hinds Sheriff's Dept., Ridgeland police deliver water to Hattiesburg volunteer center

    Hinds Sheriff's Dept., Ridgeland police deliver water to Hattiesburg volunteer center

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 2:18 PM EST2017-02-01 19:18:20 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Officers with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the Ridgeland Police Department brought an 18-wheel truck full of bottled water and other supplies to Hattiesburg Wednesday morning to help tornado victims.

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    Officers with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the Ridgeland Police Department brought an 18-wheel truck full of bottled water and other supplies to Hattiesburg Wednesday morning to help tornado victims.

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  • Hub City residents' road to recovery

    Hub City residents' road to recovery

    Monday, January 30 2017 8:48 PM EST2017-01-31 01:48:09 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    It has been over a week since the deadly EF-3 tornado devastated parts of the Pine Belt. 

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    It has been over a week since the deadly EF-3 tornado devastated parts of the Pine Belt. 

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  • William Carey med students resume classes

    William Carey med students resume classes

    Monday, January 30 2017 6:34 PM EST2017-01-30 23:34:05 GMT
    Med students started class at The University of Southern Mississippi. Source: Jac Bedrossian.Med students started class at The University of Southern Mississippi. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    On Jan 21, William Carey was struck by a devastating tornado, and the next day Carey's staff met with The University of Mississippi to make sure their students would not fall behind.

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    On Jan 21, William Carey was struck by a devastating tornado, and the next day Carey's staff met with The University of Mississippi to make sure their students would not fall behind.

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  • Petal: Rebuilding, debris removal, and more

    Petal: Rebuilding, debris removal, and more

    Monday, January 30 2017 6:15 PM EST2017-01-30 23:15:18 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Just a little over a week after the deadly EF-3 tornado ripped through the Pine Belt, families impacted in Petal are still digging through damage and clearing their properties.

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    Just a little over a week after the deadly EF-3 tornado ripped through the Pine Belt, families impacted in Petal are still digging through damage and clearing their properties.

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  • USM welcomes William Carey students

    USM welcomes William Carey students

    Monday, January 30 2017 4:47 PM EST2017-01-30 21:47:40 GMT
    Photo credit: USM's Facebook PagePhoto credit: USM's Facebook Page

    After a recent tornado that devastated William Carey's campus, USM is helping in a big way. 

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    After a recent tornado that devastated William Carey's campus, USM is helping in a big way. 

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  • WCU student dedicates song after deadly tornado

    WCU student dedicates song after deadly tornado

    Sunday, January 29 2017 7:51 PM EST2017-01-30 00:51:11 GMT
    Mikaela Green/Photo credit: YouTube video screenshotMikaela Green/Photo credit: YouTube video screenshot

    Mikaela Green, a William Carey University student, dedicated a song to her fellow students after a deadly EF-3 tornado destroyed the Hattiesburg campus early Saturday morning. 

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    Mikaela Green, a William Carey University student, dedicated a song to her fellow students after a deadly EF-3 tornado destroyed the Hattiesburg campus early Saturday morning. 

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  • Perry Co. opens disaster recovery center

    Perry Co. opens disaster recovery center

    Sunday, January 29 2017 6:47 PM EST2017-01-29 23:47:27 GMT
    Runnelstown hit by tornado. Photo Credit WDAMRunnelstown hit by tornado. Photo Credit WDAM
    Perry County Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday morning at the First Baptist Church in Runnelstown. That address is 9211 Highway 42. It will be a short term recovery center and could close as early as Wednesday, depending on the amount of people who show up to register. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    Perry County Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday morning at the First Baptist Church in Runnelstown. That address is 9211 Highway 42. It will be a short term recovery center and could close as early as Wednesday, depending on the amount of people who show up to register. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • PRCC collecting hygiene items, monetary donations for tornado victims

    PRCC collecting hygiene items, monetary donations for tornado victims

    Saturday, January 28 2017 7:24 PM EST2017-01-29 00:24:16 GMT
    Pearl River Community College is accepting hygiene items for tornado victims at the Wellness Center. It is also accepting monetary donations in a fund through its development foundation. Photo credit WDAM.Pearl River Community College is accepting hygiene items for tornado victims at the Wellness Center. It is also accepting monetary donations in a fund through its development foundation. Photo credit WDAM.

    Faculty, staff and students at Pearl River Community College are helping victims of last Saturday's EF-3 tornado. 

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    Faculty, staff and students at Pearl River Community College are helping victims of last Saturday's EF-3 tornado. 

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  • Groups from Gulf Coast, New Orleans feed tornado relief volunteers

    Groups from Gulf Coast, New Orleans feed tornado relief volunteers

    Saturday, January 28 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-01-28 23:53:29 GMT
    Volunteers with Gulf Coast Produce cook hamburgers for volunteers and tornado victims Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Volunteers with Gulf Coast Produce cook hamburgers for volunteers and tornado victims Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    As volunteers come to the Hattiesburg area to help with tornado relief, lots of other people are coming into town to feed them. 

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    As volunteers come to the Hattiesburg area to help with tornado relief, lots of other people are coming into town to feed them. 

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  • Pine Belt hardware stores keeping shelves stocked for community

    Pine Belt hardware stores keeping shelves stocked for community

    Friday, January 27 2017 8:59 PM EST2017-01-28 01:59:45 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    With a week of cleanup across the Pine Belt, many families are beginning to rebuild their homes. 

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    With a week of cleanup across the Pine Belt, many families are beginning to rebuild their homes. 

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  • Wicker tours tornado damage on and around WCU campus

    Wicker tours tornado damage on and around WCU campus

    Friday, January 27 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-01-28 01:30:13 GMT
    Thursday, Wicker met with president Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, one day after the president signed a federal disaster declaration for four Mississippi counties devastated by the storm.  Source: WDAMThursday, Wicker met with president Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, one day after the president signed a federal disaster declaration for four Mississippi counties devastated by the storm. Source: WDAM

    U.S. Senator Roger Wicker got his first look at damage done by last weekend's EF-3 tornado on Friday. He toured the William Carey University campus with school president Dr. Tommy King and also met with

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    U.S. Senator Roger Wicker got his first look at damage done by last weekend's EF-3 tornado on Friday. 

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  • Hattiesburg museum joins effort to help tornado victims

    Hattiesburg museum joins effort to help tornado victims

    Friday, January 27 2017 8:19 PM EST2017-01-28 01:19:22 GMT
    The African-American Military History Museum is joining the effort to help tornado victims. Photo credit WDAM.The African-American Military History Museum is joining the effort to help tornado victims. Photo credit WDAM.

    A museum that was damaged in the 2013 Hattiesburg tornado is joining the effort to help victims of last week's tornado. 

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    A museum that was damaged in the 2013 Hattiesburg tornado is joining the effort to help victims of last week's tornado. 

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  • How you can donate to tornado victims

    How you can donate to tornado victims

    Friday, January 27 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-01-27 23:43:40 GMT
    Fire fighters survey damage and search for victims after the Jan. 21 tornado. Source: WDAMFire fighters survey damage and search for victims after the Jan. 21 tornado. Source: WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • PHOTO: Petal police officer shows kindness to boy after tornado

    PHOTO: Petal police officer shows kindness to boy after tornado

    Friday, January 27 2017 4:10 PM EST2017-01-27 21:10:06 GMT
    Photo credit: PPD's Facebook pagePhoto credit: PPD's Facebook page

    A Petal police officer showed an act of kindness to a little boy just a few days after a tornado devastated the area.

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    A Petal police officer showed an act of kindness to a little boy just a few days after a tornado devastated the area. 

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  • After The Storm: Disaster Relief Centers now open

    Friday, January 27 2017 4:10 PM EST2017-01-27 21:10:05 GMT
    Prince Kirkland sleeps at the Forrest Co Storm Shelter. Source: WDAMPrince Kirkland sleeps at the Forrest Co Storm Shelter. Source: WDAM

    Electric Crews have worked tirelessly for five days restoring power for thousands in the Pine Belt.

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    Electric Crews have worked tirelessly for five days restoring power for thousands in the Pine Belt.

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  • FEMA disaster recovery center locations and hours

    FEMA disaster recovery center locations and hours

    Friday, January 27 2017 3:17 PM EST2017-01-27 20:17:06 GMT
    FEMA has released locations and hours for disaster recovery centers.  Photo credit FEMAFEMA has released locations and hours for disaster recovery centers. Photo credit FEMA

    The Forrest County Emergency Management Department has released the locations and times when FEMA disaster recovery centers will open for storm victims.

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    The Forrest County Emergency Management Department has released the locations and times when FEMA disaster recovery centers will open for storm victims.

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  • VFW responds to tornado-ravaged areas

    VFW responds to tornado-ravaged areas

    Friday, January 27 2017 3:12 PM EST2017-01-27 20:12:50 GMT
    VFW logo. Source: VFWVFW logo. Source: VFW

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a pillar in every community across the nation, especially in times of need. VFW Post 3036 in Hattiesburg, Miss., is proving that point after a tornado ripped through eight Mississippi counties last weekend, leaving more than 700 homes destroyed or severely damaged. 

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    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a pillar in every community across the nation, especially in times of need. VFW Post 3036 in Hattiesburg, Miss., is proving that point after a tornado ripped through eight Mississippi counties last weekend, leaving more than 700 homes destroyed or severely damaged. 

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  • Hattiesburg apartments offering one month free rent to tornado victims

    Hattiesburg apartments offering one month free rent to tornado victims

    Friday, January 27 2017 3:10 PM EST2017-01-27 20:10:32 GMT
    Anyone displaced by the storms and signs a lease at Breckenridge will be granted free rent for a month and waived any upfront fees.  Source: WDAMAnyone displaced by the storms and signs a lease at Breckenridge will be granted free rent for a month and waived any upfront fees. Source: WDAM

    Blue Ridge Companies, a High Point, NC based real estate company is helping tornado victims find a new home. 

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    Blue Ridge Companies, a High Point, NC based real estate company is helping tornado victims find a new home. 

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  • WDAM-TV, Greater PineBelt Community Foundation team up for tornado relief telethon

    WDAM-TV, Greater PineBelt Community Foundation team up for tornado relief telethon

    Friday, January 27 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-01-27 18:33:06 GMT
    Pine Belt Strong: Rebuild, Recover, Together is a telethon benefiting tornado relief victims. Source: WDAMPine Belt Strong: Rebuild, Recover, Together is a telethon benefiting tornado relief victims. Source: WDAM

    WDAM-TV, a Raycom Media-owned station in Hattiesburg, MS, is partnering with the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to raise money for people affected by the deadly tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt late last week. 

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    WDAM-TV, a Raycom Media-owned station in Hattiesburg, MS, is partnering with the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to raise money for people affected by the deadly tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt late last week. 

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  • MFC releases forestland economic impact assessment findings

    MFC releases forestland economic impact assessment findings

    Friday, January 27 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-01-27 17:24:15 GMT
    Damage after an EF-3 tornado tore through Hattiesburg and Petal. Source: WDAMDamage after an EF-3 tornado tore through Hattiesburg and Petal. Source: WDAM

    The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) conducted an aerial detection flight of the area affected by the EF-3 tornado that traveled through Lamar, Forrest, and Perry counties on January 21, 2017. 

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    The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) conducted an aerial detection flight of the area affected by the EF-3 tornado that traveled through Lamar, Forrest, and Perry counties on January 21, 2017. 

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  • William Carey volunteers help one of their own

    William Carey volunteers help one of their own

    Friday, January 27 2017 11:33 AM EST2017-01-27 16:33:12 GMT
    William Carey grad students help clean up a faculty member's house. Source: Jac Bedrossian.William Carey grad students help clean up a faculty member's house. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    William Carey physical therapy grad students who were not harmed by the storm, were out in the community helping clean up yesterday.

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    William Carey physical therapy grad students who were not harmed by the storm, were out in the community helping clean up yesterday.

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  • Petal neighbors brought together by storm

    Petal neighbors brought together by storm

    Thursday, January 26 2017 9:20 PM EST2017-01-27 02:20:00 GMT
    Neighbors Martin Rich and Ashley Brown take a picture together. Source: Angela Brown.Neighbors Martin Rich and Ashley Brown take a picture together. Source: Angela Brown.

    Two neighbors that hardly knew each other before the storm are now close friends.

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    Two neighbors that hardly knew each other before the storm are now close friends.

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  • Officials warn of post-storm construction scams

    Thursday, January 26 2017 7:53 PM EST2017-01-27 00:53:52 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    As the cleanup from the tornado damage in the Pine Belt continues, officials are warning homeowners to be aware of construction scams.

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    As the cleanup from the tornado damage in the Pine Belt continues, officials are warning homeowners to be aware of construction scams.

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  • Consider This: Lend a helping hand to rebuild our community

    Consider This: Lend a helping hand to rebuild our community

    Thursday, January 26 2017 6:09 PM EST2017-01-26 23:09:01 GMT
    Consider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAMConsider This is an editorial series by WDAM General Manager Jama Killingsworth. Souce: WDAM

    Hundreds of homes were devastated by a tornado that tore through the Pine Belt early Saturday morning.  

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    Hundreds of homes were devastated by a tornado that tore through the Pine Belt early Saturday morning.  

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  • Sen. Wicker meets with President Trump on federal disaster declaration

    Sen. Wicker meets with President Trump on federal disaster declaration

    Thursday, January 26 2017 5:59 PM EST2017-01-26 22:59:31 GMT
    Sen. Wicker meets President Trump, VP Pence Thursday./Photo credit: Sen. Wicker's officeSen. Wicker meets President Trump, VP Pence Thursday./Photo credit: Sen. Wicker's office

    On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and discussed the federal disaster declaration that Trump signed Wednesday.

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    On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and discussed the federal disaster declaration that Trump signed Wednesday.

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  • Tornado debris removal begins in the Pine Belt

    Tornado debris removal begins in the Pine Belt

    Thursday, January 26 2017 4:59 PM EST2017-01-26 21:59:33 GMT
    Lamar County begins debris removal on Sullivan Kilrain Road Thursday. Source: WDAMLamar County begins debris removal on Sullivan Kilrain Road Thursday. Source: WDAM

    Pine Belt counties hit by Saturday's tornado are starting debris removal and outlining how citizens can help expedite clean up.

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    Pine Belt counties hit by Saturday's tornado are starting debris removal and outlining how citizens can help expedite clean up.

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  • Hancock Bank pledges thousands to tornado-torn Pine Belt

    Hancock Bank pledges thousands to tornado-torn Pine Belt

    Thursday, January 26 2017 4:39 PM EST2017-01-26 21:39:57 GMT
    A large check was presented to United Way from Hancock Bank to help storm victims. Source: WDAMA large check was presented to United Way from Hancock Bank to help storm victims. Source: WDAM

    Representatives from Hancock Bank presented a check to United Way of Southeast Mississippi for disaster relief.  

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    Representatives from Hancock Bank presented a check to United Way of Southeast Mississippi for disaster relief.  

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  • breaking

    MEMA: Do not wait, apply now for aid

    MEMA: Do not wait, apply now for aid

    Thursday, January 26 2017 3:18 PM EST2017-01-26 20:18:52 GMT
    Gov. Phil Bryant, FEMA and MEMA are urging residents not to wait to apply for disaster aid. Source: WDAMGov. Phil Bryant, FEMA and MEMA are urging residents not to wait to apply for disaster aid. Source: WDAM

    Governor Phil Bryant along with FEMA, MEMA, and local officials held a news conference at the Forrest County Emergency Operations Center at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 

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    Governor Phil Bryant along with FEMA, MEMA, and local officials held a news conference at the Forrest County Emergency Operations Center at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 

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  • breaking

    Important update for WCU students, faculty

    Important update for WCU students, faculty

    Thursday, January 26 2017 1:15 PM EST2017-01-26 18:15:11 GMT
    WCU logo/Photo credit: WCUWCU logo/Photo credit: WCU

    William Carey released an update on the status of students retrieving their belongings from campus as well as decisions on classes. 

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    William Carey released an update on the status of students retrieving their belongings from campus as well as decisions on classes. 

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  • Temple Baptist Church hosts Carey Strong service for WCU

    Temple Baptist Church hosts Carey Strong service for WCU

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:50 PM EST2017-01-26 17:50:59 GMT

    A special Carey Strong service takes place January 27 at 6 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, located at 5220 Old Highway 11. The church invites all to worship and fellowship with the William Carey University family. For more details, call the church at 601-450-3000 or WCU at 601-318-6178. 

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    A special Carey Strong service takes place January 27 at 6 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, located at 5220 Old Highway 11. The church invites all to worship and fellowship with the William Carey University family. For more details, call the church at 601-450-3000 or WCU at 601-318-6178. 

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  • "Loads of hope" truck helps Hattiesburg tornado victims

    "Loads of hope" truck helps Hattiesburg tornado victims

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:44 PM EST2017-01-26 17:44:22 GMT
    Source: WDAM StaffSource: WDAM Staff

    As you walk down the streets of Hattiesburg and Petal, for miles one can see not only the aftermath of destruction, but the signs of service of people from all across the country. 

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    As you walk down the streets of Hattiesburg and Petal, for miles one can see not only the aftermath of destruction, but the signs of service of people from all across the country. 

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  • Sanderson Farms donates $25,000 to American Red Cross for tornado relief

    Sanderson Farms donates $25,000 to American Red Cross for tornado relief

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:00 PM EST2017-01-26 17:00:08 GMT
    Sanderson Farms. Source: WDAMSanderson Farms. Source: WDAM

    This is a news release from The Red Cross In the aftermath of the disastrous tornadoes across the Southeast region of the United States, the American Red Cross recognizes Sanderson Farms, Inc. for donating $25,000 to aid in its recovery efforts. 

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    This is a news release from The Red Cross In the aftermath of the disastrous tornadoes across the Southeast region of the United States, the American Red Cross recognizes Sanderson Farms, Inc. for donating $25,000 to aid in its recovery efforts. 

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  • breaking

    All power restored to the Pine Belt

    All power restored to the Pine Belt

    Thursday, January 26 2017 8:37 AM EST2017-01-26 13:37:23 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.

    All power has been restored to those who can receive it after an EF-3 tornado ravaged parts of the Pine Belt. 

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    All power has been restored to those who can receive it after an EF-3 tornado ravaged parts of the Pine Belt. 

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  • Firefighters survive tornado, city receives new storm shelter

    Firefighters survive tornado, city receives new storm shelter

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 10:21 PM EST2017-01-26 03:21:19 GMT
    Fire station 2/Photo credit: WDAMFire station 2/Photo credit: WDAM

    An EF-3 tornado destroyed Hattiesburg Fire Station 2 in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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    An EF-3 tornado destroyed Hattiesburg Fire Station 2 in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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  • Hattiesburg man’s epic storm account goes viral

    Hattiesburg man’s epic storm account goes viral

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 10:16 PM EST2017-01-26 03:16:30 GMT
    David Alexander/Photo credit: YouTube video screenshotDavid Alexander/Photo credit: YouTube video screenshot

    A Weather Channel correspondent captured an epic story of survival from a Hub City man after an EF-3 tornado hit Hattiesburg and Petal. 

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    A Weather Channel correspondent captured an epic story of survival from a Hub City man after an EF-3 tornado hit Hattiesburg and Petal. 

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  • Hattiesburg apartment complex houses tornado victims

    Hattiesburg apartment complex houses tornado victims

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 8:38 PM EST2017-01-26 01:38:03 GMT
    Cross Creek Village housing tornado victims. Source: WDAMCross Creek Village housing tornado victims. Source: WDAM

    Cross Creek Village apartments is helping house people who lost their homes in Saturday's deadly tornado. 

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    Cross Creek Village apartments is helping house people who lost their homes in Saturday's deadly tornado. 

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  • Oregon chainsaw company arrives in Petal to aid residents

    Oregon chainsaw company arrives in Petal to aid residents

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 8:13 PM EST2017-01-26 01:13:59 GMT
    Oregon International sets up shop/Photo credit: WDAMOregon International sets up shop/Photo credit: WDAM

    Early Wednesday morning, two men from Oregon International arrived and got set up in front of a business in Petal to help with the tornado damage. 

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    Early Wednesday morning, two men from Oregon International arrived and got set up in front of a business in Petal to help with the tornado damage. 

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  • Corner Market donates supplies to Petal Children's Task Force

    Corner Market donates supplies to Petal Children's Task Force

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 7:16 PM EST2017-01-26 00:16:02 GMT
    Corner Market in Petal/Photo credit: WDAMCorner Market in Petal/Photo credit: WDAM

    The Petal Children's Task Force received a sizeable donation from a local grocery store. 

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    The Petal Children's Task Force received a sizeable donation from a local grocery store. 

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  • Petal bridge reopens after storm

    Petal bridge reopens after storm

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 6:29 PM EST2017-01-25 23:29:29 GMT
    A bridge linking Petal and Hattiesburg, which has been closed since Saturday's EF-3 tornado, reopened Wednesday afternoon./Photo credit WDAM.A bridge linking Petal and Hattiesburg, which has been closed since Saturday's EF-3 tornado, reopened Wednesday afternoon./Photo credit WDAM.

    A bridge linking Petal and Hattiesburg, which has been closed since Saturday's EF-3 tornado, reopened Wednesday afternoon. 

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    A bridge linking Petal and Hattiesburg, which has been closed since Saturday's EF-3 tornado, reopened Wednesday afternoon. 

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  • breaking

    Trump signs disaster declaration for parts of MS

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 3:04 PM EST2017-01-25 20:04:08 GMT
    Those needing assistance can begin applying online and over the phone. Source: WDAMThose needing assistance can begin applying online and over the phone. Source: WDAM

    Gov. Phil Bryant announced that President Donald Trump declared Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties as federal disaster areas Wednesday afternoon after tornadoes swept through the Pine Belt.  

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    Gov. Phil Bryant announced that President Donald Trump declared Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties as federal disaster areas Wednesday afternoon after tornadoes swept through the Pine Belt.  

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  • breaking

    Gov. Bryant: 'President Trump stands with tornado victims'

    Gov. Bryant: 'President Trump stands with tornado victims'

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 8:44 AM EST2017-01-25 13:44:11 GMT
    Source: Gov. Bryant's Facebook pageSource: Gov. Bryant's Facebook page

    Tuesday evening, Gov. Phil Bryant's Facebook page posted a photo of Bryant on the phone with President Donald Trump.

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    Tuesday evening, Gov. Phil Bryant's Facebook page posted a photo of Bryant on the phone with President Donald Trump.

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  • Small businesses hit by major storm damage

    Small businesses hit by major storm damage

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 11:29 PM EST2017-01-25 04:29:12 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    While hundreds of homes were damaged during the tornado tat tripped through the Pine Belt, many small businesses also suffered major damage. 

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    While hundreds of homes were damaged during the tornado tat tripped through the Pine Belt, many small businesses also suffered major damage. 

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  • Hub City's transit system to reopen Wednesday

    Hub City's transit system to reopen Wednesday

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 9:10 PM EST2017-01-25 02:10:06 GMT
    The transit will be shut down for undisclosed amount of time. Source: WDAMThe transit will be shut down for undisclosed amount of time. Source: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg's Mass Transit System will reopen Wednesday after shutting down temporarily due to damage from the tornado. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg's Mass Transit System will reopen Wednesday after shutting down temporarily due to damage from the tornado. 

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  • William Carey students protect others in dorms during deadly tornado

    William Carey students protect others in dorms during deadly tornado

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 8:31 PM EST2017-01-25 01:31:35 GMT
    William Carey building destroyed in tornado. Source: WDAMWilliam Carey building destroyed in tornado. Source: WDAM

    William Carey dorms were destroyed in Saturday's deadly tornado, and student resident assistants were in charge of keeping other students in those residence halls safe.

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    William Carey dorms were destroyed in Saturday's deadly tornado, and student resident assistants were in charge of keeping other students in those residence halls safe.

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  • Lamar Co. couple survives tornado's wrath

    Lamar Co. couple survives tornado's wrath

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 8:24 PM EST2017-01-25 01:24:43 GMT
    A Lamar County couple rode out the tornado in their home early Saturday morning./Photo credit: WDAMA Lamar County couple rode out the tornado in their home early Saturday morning./Photo credit: WDAM

    With winds over 100 mph bearing down on them, a Lamar County couple rode out the tornado in their home early Saturday morning.

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    With winds over 100 mph bearing down on them, a Lamar County couple rode out the tornado in their home early Saturday morning.

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  • Petal superintendent praises teachers, staff, students on smooth transition

    Petal superintendent praises teachers, staff, students on smooth transition

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 8:06 PM EST2017-01-25 01:06:50 GMT
    Petal students/Photo credit: WDAMPetal students/Photo credit: WDAM

    Less than three days after a tornado ripped through Petal, students are headed back to class. 

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    Less than three days after a tornado ripped through Petal, students are headed back to class. 

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  • Insurance companies arrive in Petal

    Insurance companies arrive in Petal

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 7:39 PM EST2017-01-25 00:39:02 GMT
    The Hartford outside of Lowe's in Petal, MS. Source: Jac Bedrossian.The Hartford outside of Lowe's in Petal, MS. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    Allstate and The Hartford have mobile units set up outside of the Lowe's in Petal on Tyner Road to help residents assess storm damage.

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    Allstate and The Hartford have mobile units set up outside of the Lowe's in Petal on Tyner Road to help residents assess storm damage.

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  • Hattiesburg homeless community asks what's next after tornado

    Hattiesburg homeless community asks what's next after tornado

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 7:37 PM EST2017-01-25 00:37:28 GMT
    A survey has to be filled out to get the homeless into housing. Source: WDAM.A survey has to be filled out to get the homeless into housing. Source: WDAM.

    Forrest County Community Shelter is currently housing those in need, including Pine Belt residents that were homeless before the storm. 

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    Forrest County Community Shelter is currently housing those in need, including Pine Belt residents that were homeless before the storm.

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  • Lieutenant Governor visits areas damaged by storm

    Lieutenant Governor visits areas damaged by storm

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 7:34 PM EST2017-01-25 00:34:41 GMT
    Reeves surveys storm damage. Photo Credit WDAMReeves surveys storm damage. Photo Credit WDAM

    Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, four state senators and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree visited Forrest and Lamar Counties to get a first-hand view of the damage caused by the tornado. 

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    Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, four state senators and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree visited Forrest and Lamar Counties to get a first-hand view of the damage caused by the tornado. 

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  • WCU students clean up storm debris in East Hattiesburg

    WCU students clean up storm debris in East Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:19 PM EST2017-01-24 23:19:21 GMT
    Students from William Carey University clean up tornado debis at the Hawthorne home on Deason Avenue Wednesday morning. Photo credit WDAM.Students from William Carey University clean up tornado debis at the Hawthorne home on Deason Avenue Wednesday morning. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some students from William Carey University were helping storm victims in Hattiesburg Tuesday morning.  

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    Some students from William Carey University were helping storm victims in Hattiesburg Tuesday morning.  

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  • Bible found undisturbed in chapel at William Carey

    Bible found undisturbed in chapel at William Carey

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-01-24 21:27:32 GMT
    A Bible was found untouched in WCU's chapel after the EF-3 tornado./Photo credit: Rick Wilemon's Facebook PageA Bible was found untouched in WCU's chapel after the EF-3 tornado./Photo credit: Rick Wilemon's Facebook Page

    A Bible found untouched in Bass Chapel at William Carey University after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the campus has garnered a lot of attention on social media. .

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    A Bible found untouched in Bass Chapel at William Carey University after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the campus has garnered a lot of attention on social media. .

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  • FEMA begins damage assessment

    FEMA begins damage assessment

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 3:58 PM EST2017-01-24 20:58:59 GMT
    FEMA officials surveying damage in Lamar County. Source: WDAMFEMA officials surveying damage in Lamar County. Source: WDAM

    FEMA representatives have begun the process of damage assessment in the Pine Belt. 

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    FEMA representatives have begun the process of damage assessment in the Pine Belt. 

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  • Salvation Army seeking temporary facility

    Salvation Army seeking temporary facility

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 3:15 PM EST2017-01-24 20:15:19 GMT
    Capt. Stacey Connelly is asking the public for help finding a temporary location for The Salvation Army. Souce: WDAMCapt. Stacey Connelly is asking the public for help finding a temporary location for The Salvation Army. Souce: WDAM

    After the Salvation Army was heavily damaged in Saturday's storms, the charity is reaching out to the community for help.  

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    After the Salvation Army was heavily damaged in Saturday's storms, the charity is reaching out to the community for help.  

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  • Madison church helps Hattiesburg tornado victims

    Madison church helps Hattiesburg tornado victims

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 12:03 PM EST2017-01-24 17:03:43 GMT
    Several members of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison traveled to Hattiesburg Tuesday morning to assist with storm recovery efforts. While in the area, the group of volunteers will be working with Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief to help storm victims repair homes and clean up debris in the hardest hit areas of the city. Four people were killed and dozens injured after a tornado moved across parts of Hattiesburg and Petal early Saturday morning.  The tornado also damaged a...More >>
    Several members of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison traveled to Hattiesburg Tuesday morning to assist with storm recovery efforts. While in the area, the group of volunteers will be working with Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief to help storm victims repair homes and clean up debris in the hardest hit areas of the city. Four people were killed and dozens injured after a tornado moved across parts of Hattiesburg and Petal early Saturday morning.  The tornado also damaged a...More >>
  • Samaritan's Purse send crews to MS, GA

    Samaritan's Purse send crews to MS, GA

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 11:21 AM EST2017-01-24 16:21:13 GMT
    Samritan's purse has crews helping with relief in Mississippi and Georgia.  Source: WDAMSamritan's purse has crews helping with relief in Mississippi and Georgia. Source: WDAM

    International Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse is responding to the devastating tornadoes that tore across southeastern states over the weekend.

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    International Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse is responding to the devastating tornadoes that tore across southeastern states over the weekend.

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  • How to recognize symptoms of PTSD in children affected by the storm

    How to recognize symptoms of PTSD in children affected by the storm

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 10:23 AM EST2017-01-24 15:23:14 GMT
    Children taking cover with helmets and blankkets.JPGChildren taking cover with helmets and blankkets.JPG

    In the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as the tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt Jan. 21, it is important to remember how children might be dealing with their stress. Sergio Gutierrez, a clinical social worker with Pine Grove, listed some of the warning signs for post-traumatic stress in children parents should watch out for. "Some things parents might notice, which is normal, could be increased activity, difficulty with concentration or attention, agitation, problem...

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    In the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as the tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt Jan. 21, it is important to remember how children might be dealing with their stress. Sergio Gutierrez, a clinical social worker with Pine Grove, listed some of the warning signs for post-traumatic stress in children parents should watch out for. "Some things parents might notice, which is normal, could be increased activity, difficulty with concentration or attention, agitation, problem...

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  • Petal picking up the pieces after devastating tornado

    Petal picking up the pieces after devastating tornado

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:04 PM EST2017-01-24 04:04:07 GMT
    (Photo source: WLOX)(Photo source: WLOX)

    Several South Mississippi communities started the week out of sorts. The deadly tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt left areas of Hattiesburg and Petal in shambles.

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    Several South Mississippi communities started the week out of sorts. The deadly tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt left areas of Hattiesburg and Petal in shambles.

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  • Death and destruction in one Hattiesburg neighborhood

    Death and destruction in one Hattiesburg neighborhood

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:06 PM EST2017-01-24 04:06:22 GMT
    Two of the four deaths from Saturday's storms happened in this trailer park on Edwards Street in south Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WLOX)Two of the four deaths from Saturday's storms happened in this trailer park on Edwards Street in south Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A pall hangs over a trailer park on Edwards Street in south Hattiesburg. According to Hattiesburg police, two of the four deaths from the storm happened right in that park, and people there are in shock.

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    A pall hangs over a trailer park on Edwards Street in south Hattiesburg. According to Hattiesburg police, two of the four deaths from the storm happened right in that park, and people there are in shock.

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  • MS Power restores power to all customers who can receive it

    MS Power restores power to all customers who can receive it

    Monday, January 23 2017 10:56 PM EST2017-01-24 03:56:02 GMT
    Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey updating Gov. Phil Bryant at the Forrest County Emergency Management Agency Monday afternoon./Photo credit: MS PowerPine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey updating Gov. Phil Bryant at the Forrest County Emergency Management Agency Monday afternoon./Photo credit: MS Power

    Mississippi Power storm crews have safely restored power to approximately 11,000 customers impacted by the tornado that moved across the Pine Belt early Saturday morning. 

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    Mississippi Power storm crews have safely restored power to approximately 11,000 customers impacted by the tornado that moved across the Pine Belt early Saturday morning. 

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  • Mississippi first lady tours Pine Belt storm damage

    Mississippi first lady tours Pine Belt storm damage

    Monday, January 23 2017 10:19 PM EST2017-01-24 03:19:51 GMT
    Mississippi first lady tours Pine Belt storm damage. Source: WDAMMississippi first lady tours Pine Belt storm damage. Source: WDAM

    Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant toured the Pine Belt's tornado damage Monday.   

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    Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant toured the Pine Belt's tornado damage Monday.   

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  • VIDEO: "I want my home back."

    VIDEO: "I want my home back."

    Monday, January 23 2017 9:59 PM EST2017-01-24 02:59:40 GMT

    As many people are digging through damage and picking up the pieces in Petal, one mother and son are saying goodbye to their home for 18 years.

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    As many people are digging through damage and picking up the pieces in Petal, one mother and son are saying goodbye to their home for 18 years.

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  • Pastor vows tornado damaged Hattiesburg church will rebuild

    Pastor vows tornado damaged Hattiesburg church will rebuild

    Monday, January 23 2017 9:56 PM EST2017-01-24 02:56:43 GMT

    Pastor Archelous Knox said it was severely damaged by the weekend tornadoes and he is confident it will be rebuilt, but Knox said that's not his immediate focus for now. 

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    Pastor Archelous Knox said it was severely damaged by the weekend tornadoes and he is confident it will be rebuilt, but Knox said that's not his immediate focus for now. 

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  • Man thanks neighbor for saving his family during tornado

    Man thanks neighbor for saving his family during tornado

    Monday, January 23 2017 9:53 PM EST2017-01-24 02:53:01 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    One Petal man is thanking a neighbor for saving his family during the deadly tornado early Saturday morning in the Pine Belt.

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    One Petal man is thanking a neighbor for saving his family during the deadly tornado early Saturday morning in the Pine Belt.

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  • Displaced William Carey students may soon be home

    Displaced William Carey students may soon be home

    Monday, January 23 2017 9:34 PM EST2017-01-24 02:34:21 GMT
    Tornado damaged building on William Carey's campus. Source: WDAMTornado damaged building on William Carey's campus. Source: WDAM

    William Carey University students displaced by Saturday's tornado may soon be back on campus.

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    William Carey University students displaced by Saturday's tornado may soon be back on campus.

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  • Family members mourn loss of tornado victims

    Family members mourn loss of tornado victims

    Monday, January 23 2017 9:01 PM EST2017-01-24 02:01:18 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Just off Edwards Street in Hattiesburg, in a small mobile home park, two Hub City residents lost their lives in the Saturday tornado. 

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    Just off Edwards Street in Hattiesburg, in a small mobile home park, two Hub City residents lost their lives in the Saturday tornado. 

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  • Residents: Check these guidelines for debris removal

    Residents: Check these guidelines for debris removal

    Monday, January 23 2017 6:32 PM EST2017-01-23 23:32:29 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    DisasterAssistance.gov is making sure Pine Belt residents affected by the tornadoes to follow debris removal guidelines to expedite the cleanup process.

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    DisasterAssistance.gov is making sure Pine Belt residents affected by the tornadoes to follow debris removal guidelines to expedite the cleanup process.

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  • UPDATED LIST: Schools closures in the Pine Belt

    UPDATED LIST: Schools closures in the Pine Belt

    Monday, January 23 2017 5:11 PM EST2017-01-23 22:11:12 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image Bank School bus graphicPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank School bus graphic

    The following schools will be closed due to storm damage or power outages. If you do not see your school on this list resume activities as normal or call your school district.  

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    The following schools will be closed due to storm damage or power outages. If you do not see your school on this list resume activities as normal or call your school district.  

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  • USM President: 'We will support WCU'

    USM President: 'We will support WCU'

    Monday, January 23 2017 1:00 PM EST2017-01-23 18:00:41 GMT
    Dr. Rodney Bennett Photo Credit: USMDr. Rodney Bennett Photo Credit: USM

    University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett released a statement to the campus regarding the damage to William Carey University.  

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    University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett released a statement to the campus regarding the damage to William Carey University.  

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  • Hattiesburg, Petal YMCA offering facilities for first responders, storm victims

    Hattiesburg, Petal YMCA offering facilities for first responders, storm victims

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:41 AM EST2017-01-23 16:41:54 GMT
    The YMCA is opening their showers for storm victims and first responders. Source: YMCAThe YMCA is opening their showers for storm victims and first responders. Source: YMCA

    Both Hattiesburg and Petal YMCA locations are offering their facilities to storm victims and law enforcement. 

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    Both Hattiesburg and Petal YMCA locations are offering their facilities to storm victims and law enforcement. 

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  • Storm shelters open in Hattiesburg, Petal

    Storm shelters open in Hattiesburg, Petal

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:20 AM EST2017-01-23 16:20:43 GMT
    Storm damage from Saturday's tornado/Photo credit: WDAMStorm damage from Saturday's tornado/Photo credit: WDAM

    After a large tornado struck the Pine Belt early Saturday morning, crews are working to assess the damage and shelters are open for those in need. 

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    After a large tornado struck the Pine Belt early Saturday morning, crews are working to assess the damage and shelters are open for those in need. 

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  • MEMA: EF-3 tornado destroys nearly two hundred homes

    MEMA: EF-3 tornado destroys nearly two hundred homes

    Monday, January 23 2017 10:02 AM EST2017-01-23 15:02:43 GMT

    Sunday the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said preliminary damage reports show 480 homes were damaged in four counties from severe weather.  There were also four confirmed deaths and more than 50 injuries.

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    Sunday the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said preliminary damage reports show 480 homes were damaged in four counties from severe weather.  There were also four confirmed deaths and more than 50 injuries.

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  • Volunteers respond to Pine Belt clean up efforts

    Volunteers respond to Pine Belt clean up efforts

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:59 PM EST2017-01-23 03:59:28 GMT

    The hum of chainsaws cutting fallen trees, a welcome sound to the people of affected by Saturday's tornado in Hattiesburg.

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    The hum of chainsaws cutting fallen trees, a welcome sound to the people of affected by Saturday's tornado in Hattiesburg.

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  • Homeless community recounts devastating Hattiesburg tornado

    Homeless community recounts devastating Hattiesburg tornado

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:59 PM EST2017-01-23 03:59:04 GMT

    Homeless campers fought for their lives in Saturday morning's tornado, scrambling to make it to shelter. 

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    Homeless campers fought for their lives in Saturday morning's tornado, scrambling to make it to shelter. 

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  • USM athletes lend helping hand in wake of tornado

    USM athletes lend helping hand in wake of tornado

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:56 AM EST2017-01-23 05:56:57 GMT
    Over 250 Southern Miss student-athletes volunteered Sunday to help relief efforts in the wake of the Hattiesburg tornado. Courtesy: WDAMOver 250 Southern Miss student-athletes volunteered Sunday to help relief efforts in the wake of the Hattiesburg tornado. Courtesy: WDAM

    Hattiesburg resident Charles Killingsworth said he was walking home from church Sunday morning when he saw a number of people dressed in black and yellow scattered throughout his neighborhood ripped apart by Saturday’s tornado.

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    Hattiesburg resident Charles Killingsworth said he was walking home from church Sunday morning when he saw a number of people dressed in black and yellow scattered throughout his neighborhood ripped apart by Saturday’s tornado.

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  • People of Hattiesburg rebuilding after deadly tornado

    People of Hattiesburg rebuilding after deadly tornado

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:11 AM EST2017-01-23 05:11:22 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The people of Hattiesburg may be a day removed from Saturday's tornado, but now much of the city lays in ruin. All victims can do now is focus on rebuilding.

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    The people of Hattiesburg may be a day removed from Saturday's tornado, but now much of the city lays in ruin. All victims can do now is focus on rebuilding.

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  • Petal teachers, community ready schools for children

    Petal teachers, community ready schools for children

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-01-23 03:57:42 GMT
    Petal Primary teachers and volunteers clean school playground after tornado. Source: WDAMPetal Primary teachers and volunteers clean school playground after tornado. Source: WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.

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  • Big Boys BBQ provides meals for Petal neighborhood

    Big Boys BBQ provides meals for Petal neighborhood

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:39 PM EST2017-01-23 03:39:29 GMT

    Big Boys BBQ and members of Central Baptist Church teamed up to help residents in a Petal neighborhood hit hard by Saturday morning's tornado.

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    Big Boys BBQ and members of Central Baptist Church teamed up to help residents in a Petal neighborhood hit hard by Saturday morning's tornado.

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  • Woman pinned to bed, makes life-saving 911 call

    Woman pinned to bed, makes life-saving 911 call

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:37 PM EST2017-01-23 03:37:23 GMT
    The woman suffered minor injuries. Source: JCFCThe woman suffered minor injuries. Source: JCFC

    A Jones County woman made a life-saving 911 call after a tree fell on her home during severe weather Saturday morning. 

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    A Jones County woman made a life-saving 911 call after a tree fell on her home during severe weather Saturday morning. 

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  • Southern Pines reaches out to help tornado pets

    Southern Pines reaches out to help tornado pets

    Sunday, January 22 2017 8:21 PM EST2017-01-23 01:21:50 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    People aren’t the only ones possibly affected by the tornado that tore through sections of the Pine Belt early Saturday. Pets may find themselves displaced, as well as their owners, because of damage to homes. Ginny Sims, Southern Pines Animal Shelter director, said strays found in Hattiesburg and Forrest County would be brought to the shelter at 1901 N. 31st Ave. in Hattiesburg. “If people are looking for their pets, they should come here,” Sims said Su...

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    People aren’t the only ones possibly affected by the tornado that tore through sections of the Pine Belt early Saturday. Pets may find themselves displaced, as well as their owners, because of damage to homes. Ginny Sims, Southern Pines Animal Shelter director, said strays found in Hattiesburg and Forrest County would be brought to the shelter at 1901 N. 31st Ave. in Hattiesburg. “If people are looking for their pets, they should come here,” Sims said Su...

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  • Christian Services feeds thousands after tornado

    Christian Services feeds thousands after tornado

    Sunday, January 22 2017 7:47 PM EST2017-01-23 00:47:06 GMT
    Christian Services feeds thousands after tornado. Source: WDAMChristian Services feeds thousands after tornado. Source: WDAM

    Christian Services fed thousands of people recovering from Saturday's tornado in Hattiesburg. Jim Prout, executive director of Christian Services, said the charity fed around 1,600 people on Sunday, and while they regularly serve meals and help the community, it means more after a tragedy. "When you're doing it after a disaster, you know lives are not just broken. They're cracked," Prout said. "We want to just hold our hands around others because we're not cracked rig...

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    Christian Services fed thousands of people recovering from Saturday's tornado in Hattiesburg. Jim Prout, executive director of Christian Services, said the charity fed around 1,600 people on Sunday, and while they regularly serve meals and help the community, it means more after a tragedy. "When you're doing it after a disaster, you know lives are not just broken. They're cracked," Prout said. "We want to just hold our hands around others because we're not cracked rig...

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  • Hattiesburg children share their point of view of the tornadoes

    Hattiesburg children share their point of view of the tornadoes

    Sunday, January 22 2017 6:59 PM EST2017-01-22 23:59:24 GMT
    Two kids describe the Hattiesburg tornados. Source: Jac Bedrossian.Two kids describe the Hattiesburg tornados. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    Two Hattiesburg children that took cover during the EF3 tornadoes, described the terrifying event to a WDAM reporter. Avah Parish heard the tornado warning for William Carey University and woke up her parents.  "We went downstairs and my mom said 'here it goes'," said Parish. 

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    Two Hattiesburg children that took cover during the EF3 tornadoes, described the terrifying event to a WDAM reporter. Avah Parish heard the tornado warning for William Carey University and woke up her parents.  "We went downstairs and my mom said 'here it goes'," said Parish. 

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  • DRONE VIDEO: Damage around Petal

    DRONE VIDEO: Damage around Petal

  • Aerial footage from helicopter shows complete destruction in tornado ravaged areas

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    No victims found after Leaf River search

    No victims found after Leaf River search

    Sunday, January 22 2017 5:14 PM EST2017-01-22 22:14:03 GMT
    Search and rescue underway on Leaf River/Photo credit: WDAMSearch and rescue underway on Leaf River/Photo credit: WDAM

    There is a search and rescue underway for at least three boaters on the Leaf River Saturday afternoon.

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    There is a search and rescue underway for at least three boaters on the Leaf River Saturday afternoon.

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  • Petal Churches come together in time of need

    Petal Churches come together in time of need

    Sunday, January 22 2017 4:21 PM EST2017-01-22 21:21:42 GMT
    Mt. Vernon Baptist is destroyed after tornado on Saturday. Source: Jac Bedrossian.Mt. Vernon Baptist is destroyed after tornado on Saturday. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    Petal First Baptist welcomed Mt. Vernon Baptist church with open doors and arms Sunday morning, after the EF3 tornado in Petal, MS. Mt. Vernon Baptist was destroyed in 2013 after a tornado touched down, and the church had just finished rebuilding last year. 

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    Petal First Baptist welcomed Mt. Vernon Baptist church with open doors and arms Sunday morning, after the EF3 tornado in Petal, MS. Mt. Vernon Baptist was destroyed in 2013 after a tornado touched down, and the church had just finished rebuilding last year. 

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  • Runnelstown hit by EF-2 tornado

    Runnelstown hit by EF-2 tornado

    Sunday, January 22 2017 3:58 PM EST2017-01-22 20:58:30 GMT
    Runnelstown hit by tornado. Photo Credit WDAMRunnelstown hit by tornado. Photo Credit WDAM

    The severe weather that struck parts of Forrest county Saturday morning, also crossed into Perry County. 

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    The severe weather that struck parts of Forrest county Saturday morning, also crossed into Perry County. 

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  • VIDEO: Carey students drive through tornado

    VIDEO: Carey students drive through tornado

    Sunday, January 22 2017 3:28 PM EST2017-01-22 20:28:54 GMT
    Two William Carey students filmed themselves driving through an EF-3 tornado. Source: WDAMTwo William Carey students filmed themselves driving through an EF-3 tornado. Source: WDAM

    Paul Bracken and Calum Brodie had heard all about the dire weather warnings issued for this past weekend, but the two 19-year-old freshmen at William Carey University didn’t have a clue what was in store for them after a late night of shooting pool and a pit stop at Walmart. 

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    Paul Bracken and Calum Brodie had heard all about the dire weather warnings issued for this past weekend, but the two 19-year-old freshmen at William Carey University didn’t have a clue what was in store for them after a late night of shooting pool and a pit stop at Walmart. 

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  • MEMA: More than 20 injured; damage provided by county

    MEMA: More than 20 injured; damage provided by county

    Sunday, January 22 2017 3:07 PM EST2017-01-22 20:07:05 GMT
    Source: MEMA websiteSource: MEMA website

    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports  more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. 

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    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports  more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. 

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  • Extra Table, State leaders work to feed Pine Belt Tornado victims

    Extra Table, State leaders work to feed Pine Belt Tornado victims

    Sunday, January 22 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-01-22 17:51:14 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Extra Table has launched a special “Give. Feed. Recover.” campaign to help stock food pantries and soup kitchens in the Pine Belt area as part of a relief effort for communities that were devastated by the F3 tornado that touched ground early Saturday morning.  

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    Extra Table has launched a special “Give. Feed. Recover.” campaign to help stock food pantries and soup kitchens in the Pine Belt area as part of a relief effort for communities that were devastated by the F3 tornado that touched ground early Saturday morning.  

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  • A different world, but, unfortunately, familiar

    A different world, but, unfortunately, familiar

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:50 AM EST2017-01-22 15:50:28 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Much of the familiar remained just shy of the Leaf River, serving as a frame to base one’s bearings, but much of the landscape inside that frame had been shattered, severed, shredded.

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    Much of the familiar remained just shy of the Leaf River, serving as a frame to base one’s bearings, but much of the landscape inside that frame had been shattered, severed, shredded.

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  • Carey student recounts tornado that hit campus

    Carey student recounts tornado that hit campus

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:01 AM EST2017-01-22 15:01:32 GMT

    William Carey freshman Taylor Gautreaux was transported to Jackson after losing three fingers during the Jan. 21 tornado that hit the university's campus.

    One of Gautreaux's teammate Megan Williams remembered that night in the campus dorms she can't soon forget.   

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    William Carey freshman Taylor Gautreaux was transported to Jackson after losing three fingers during the Jan. 21 tornado that hit the university's campus.

    One of Gautreaux's teammate Megan Williams remembered that night in the campus dorms she can't soon forget.   

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  • William Carey students coming to grips with devastating tornado

    William Carey students coming to grips with devastating tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-01-22 04:07:15 GMT

    The City of Hattiesburg is assessing damage and coming to grips with an overnight tornado that severely damaged William Carey University. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg is assessing damage and coming to grips with an overnight tornado that severely damaged William Carey University. 

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  • Clean up begins in some parts of Hattiesburg

    Clean up begins in some parts of Hattiesburg

    Saturday, January 21 2017 10:29 PM EST2017-01-22 03:29:49 GMT
    City begins to rebuild. Photo credit WDAMCity begins to rebuild. Photo credit WDAM

    Hattiesburg has unfortunately done this before. A devastating event that affects everyone whether it's directly or indirectly, but this time maybe more than ever the city will have to rely on its strength in numbers.

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    Hattiesburg has unfortunately done this before. A devastating event that affects everyone whether it's directly or indirectly, but this time maybe more than ever the city will have to rely on its strength in numbers.

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  • Former city attorney’s practice destroyed in tornado

    Former city attorney’s practice destroyed in tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 10:20 PM EST2017-01-22 03:20:50 GMT
    Former city attorney’s practice destroyed in tornado. Photo Credit WDAM.Former city attorney’s practice destroyed in tornado. Photo Credit WDAM.

    Former city attorney Charles Lawrence is also picking up the pieces after Saturday morning’s storm

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    Former city attorney Charles Lawrence is also picking up the pieces after Saturday morning’s storm

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  • VIDEO: Aerial footage of Pine Belt tornado destruction

    VIDEO: Aerial footage of Pine Belt tornado destruction

    Saturday, January 21 2017 9:13 PM EST2017-01-22 02:13:17 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Emergency responders from across the state have traveled to the Pine Belt to help with recovery efforts. 

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    Emergency responders from across the state have traveled to the Pine Belt to help with recovery efforts. 

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  • Curfews issued for Hattiesburg, Petal

    Curfews issued for Hattiesburg, Petal

    Saturday, January 21 2017 8:35 PM EST2017-01-22 01:35:13 GMT
    The NWS is still surveying heavily damaged areas. Source: WDAMThe NWS is still surveying heavily damaged areas. Source: WDAM

    Due to extensive damage across the Pine Belt from the Jan. 21 tornado, the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal have issued curfews until further notice. Hattiesburg's curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for areas affected by the severe weather. Petal's curfew is from dawn until dusk for damaged areas.  "We don't want anyone coming over here around these businesses," said Petal Mayor Hal Marx. "We're not going to tolerate any looting, stealing anything like tha...

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    Due to extensive damage across the Pine Belt from the Jan. 21 tornado, the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal have issued curfews until further notice. Hattiesburg's curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for areas affected by the severe weather. Petal's curfew is from dawn until dusk for damaged areas.  "We don't want anyone coming over here around these businesses," said Petal Mayor Hal Marx. "We're not going to tolerate any looting, stealing anything like tha...

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  • 'Stay strong': Hattiesburg residents to rebuild after tornado

    'Stay strong': Hattiesburg residents to rebuild after tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 8:14 PM EST2017-01-22 01:14:06 GMT

    Dozens of people in Hattiesburg have been left without homes after a tornado blew through their neighborhood overnight.

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    Dozens of people in Hattiesburg have been left without homes after a tornado blew through their neighborhood overnight.

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  • Tornado destroys, damages homes on William Carey Parkway

    Tornado destroys, damages homes on William Carey Parkway

    Saturday, January 21 2017 6:08 PM EST2017-01-21 23:08:33 GMT
    The Smith family home on Dossett Street was destroyed in Saturday morning's tornado. Photo credit WDAM.The Smith family home on Dossett Street was destroyed in Saturday morning's tornado. Photo credit WDAM.

    Many residents living along William Carey Parkway lost their homes or suffered severe damage in Saturday morning's tornado. 

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    Many residents living along William Carey Parkway lost their homes or suffered severe damage in Saturday morning's tornado. 

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  • HPSD confirms damage to one school

    HPSD confirms damage to one school

    Saturday, January 21 2017 5:41 PM EST2017-01-21 22:41:13 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Public School District has confirmed that one school has been affected by the Jan. 21 tornado. Lillie Burney STEAM Academy received some roof damage.  School staff will be available Monday to assist parents with school needs related to the storm. Additionally, grief and trauma counselors are being coordinated to assist any students who need them. School administrators are working with city officials and emergency management personnel to determine if road c...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Public School District has confirmed that one school has been affected by the Jan. 21 tornado. Lillie Burney STEAM Academy received some roof damage.  School staff will be available Monday to assist parents with school needs related to the storm. Additionally, grief and trauma counselors are being coordinated to assist any students who need them. School administrators are working with city officials and emergency management personnel to determine if road c...More >>
  • Mississippi Power works to restore power in Hattiesburg, Petal

    Mississippi Power works to restore power in Hattiesburg, Petal

    Saturday, January 21 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-01-21 21:31:49 GMT
    Photo credit: Mississippi PowerPhoto credit: Mississippi Power
    This is a news release from Mississippi Power. Mississippi Power crews continue to restore service Saturday afternoon to as many customers as can receive it following a tornado in the Hattiesburg and Petal areas early Saturday morning. As of 3 p.m., a storm team of nearly 300 is working to restore power to approximately 4,000 customers in the Hattiesburg and Petal areas. The storm crew includes line crews, engineers, vegetation management and support personnel. While damage assessm...More >>
    This is a news release from Mississippi Power. Mississippi Power crews continue to restore service Saturday afternoon to as many customers as can receive it following a tornado in the Hattiesburg and Petal areas early Saturday morning. As of 3 p.m., a storm team of nearly 300 is working to restore power to approximately 4,000 customers in the Hattiesburg and Petal areas. The storm crew includes line crews, engineers, vegetation management and support personnel. While damage assessm...More >>
  • How to donate blood to the injured

    How to donate blood to the injured

    Saturday, January 21 2017 3:34 PM EST2017-01-21 20:34:41 GMT
    UBS needs blood for tornado victims that were injured. Photo Source WDAM.UBS needs blood for tornado victims that were injured. Photo Source WDAM.

    Recent severe winter storms across the U.S. have put additional pressure on the nation’s blood supply, which is already trying to recover from low donor turnout over the holidays. 

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    Recent severe winter storms across the U.S. have put additional pressure on the nation’s blood supply, which is already trying to recover from low donor turnout over the holidays. 

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  • Here's what the Red Cross needs you to do right now

    Here's what the Red Cross needs you to do right now

    Saturday, January 21 2017 2:44 PM EST2017-01-21 19:44:25 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The shelter, located at the Multipurpose Center in Hattiesburg (942 Sullivan Road) will remain open today for residents impacted by the devastating tornado. 

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    The shelter, located at the Multipurpose Center in Hattiesburg (942 Sullivan Road) will remain open today for residents impacted by the devastating tornado. 

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  • Facebook activates Safety Check feature for Hattiesburg

    Facebook activates Safety Check feature for Hattiesburg

    Saturday, January 21 2017 2:07 PM EST2017-01-21 19:07:54 GMT

    The Facebook feature allows anyone in the area to provide a status update showing friends and family that they are OK.

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    The Facebook feature allows anyone in the area to provide a status update showing friends and family that they are OK.

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  • MEMA: Gov. Phil Bryant authorizes State of Emergency

    MEMA: Gov. Phil Bryant authorizes State of Emergency

    Saturday, January 21 2017 12:36 PM EST2017-01-21 17:36:26 GMT
    A Hub City resident looks over her destroyed home in downtown Hattiesburg./Photo credit: WDAMA Hub City resident looks over her destroyed home in downtown Hattiesburg./Photo credit: WDAM

    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed three deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. 

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    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed three deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. 

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    WCU athlete loses fingers in tornado

    WCU athlete loses fingers in tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 12:04 PM EST2017-01-21 17:04:30 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    The William Carey University campus suffered significantly as a result of the tornado that swept through Hattiesburg in the wee hours of Saturday morning. 

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    The William Carey University campus suffered significantly as a result of the tornado that swept through Hattiesburg in the wee hours of Saturday morning. 

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  • WATCH: Drone footage of tornado damage

    WATCH: Drone footage of tornado damage

    Saturday, January 21 2017 11:56 AM EST2017-01-21 16:56:51 GMT
    Footage shows destruction over Hattiesburg. Source: Thomas Hansen.Footage shows destruction over Hattiesburg. Source: Thomas Hansen.

    Thomas Hansen of Hattiesburg sent Seven On Your Side drone footage of the damage from the early morning tornadoes.  

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    Thomas Hansen of Hattiesburg sent Seven On Your Side drone footage of the damage from the early morning tornadoes.  

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  • VIDEO: William Carey President reacts to campus damage

    VIDEO: William Carey President reacts to campus damage

    Saturday, January 21 2017 11:30 AM EST2017-01-21 16:30:43 GMT
    Dr. Tommy King choked back tears as he reacted to the destruction on the campus. Source: WDAMDr. Tommy King choked back tears as he reacted to the destruction on the campus. Source: WDAM

    The president of William Carey University choked back tears as he tried to digest the damage in front of him. 

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    The president of William Carey University choked back tears as he tried to digest the damage in front of him. 

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  • William Carey Univ. hit hard by early-morning tornado

    William Carey Univ. hit hard by early-morning tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 11:15 AM EST2017-01-21 16:15:38 GMT
    William Carey University suffered major damage Saturday morning when a tornado devastated much of the area. (Photo source: WLOX News Now)William Carey University suffered major damage Saturday morning when a tornado devastated much of the area. (Photo source: WLOX News Now)

    The William Carey University campus is closed after a tornado touched down early Saturday morning, leaving much of the campus destroyed. University officials say students are now being escorted from campus, advising that parents may now pick up students from the school. 

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    The William Carey University campus is closed after a tornado touched down early Saturday morning, leaving much of the campus destroyed. University officials say students are now being escorted from campus, advising that parents may now pick up students from the school. 

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    Hattiesburg Salvation Army damaged in tornado

    Hattiesburg Salvation Army damaged in tornado

    Saturday, January 21 2017 10:39 AM EST2017-01-21 15:39:22 GMT
    The Salvation Army was struck by a tornado Saturday morning. Photo Credit WDAM.The Salvation Army was struck by a tornado Saturday morning. Photo Credit WDAM.

    The Hattiesburg Salvation Army was damaged by a tornado that blew through the Pine Belt early Saturday morning. 

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    The Hattiesburg Salvation Army was damaged by a tornado that blew through the Pine Belt early Saturday morning. 

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