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WDAM Viewpoint- Pay close attention to the weather

April 19, 2011

Mississippi, including our area, has certainly had more than our share of tornados this year…including the ones that ravaged Leakesville and several other locations last Friday.  Tornados are nothing new to Mississippi of course.  We have them every year…but none as deadly as the monster that hit on April 24th, 1908.  In the Pine Belt…two people were killed in Marion County.  In Lamar County, 55 deaths occurred as most of the town of Purvis was leveled to the ground…with only seven of 150 homes reported standing.  400 people were injured.  Four more people were killed in Forrest County when a railroad work crew hid from the approaching storm in box cars.  The box cars were thrown 150 feet and torn to shreds.  Seven people were killed southwest of Richton.  This, after leaving a path of death and destruction right next door in Louisiana.  Keep in mind that Hurricane season starts in less than a month and a half on June first.  All this is a reminder that compared to Mother Nature…we humans and our structures are still incredibly puny.  So stay aware and alert to the weather over the coming months.  Certainly we will do our best to keep you informed…but keep up with what is going on weather-wise by all means at your disposal.  It could mean the difference between life and death.  I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's Viewpoint.  Let us hear from you.

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