Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Rainfall expectations have already been downgraded. Monday the National Weather Center was calling for a 12 to 16 inches, Monday that's been lowered to between six to eight inches, and local officials say they don't expect local rivers and lakes to reach flood level.
However, at the final briefing before the storm Mayor Johnny Dupree said Hattiesburg is still under a state of emergency and officials emphasized caution.
"The little saying they have with the weather service - turn around don't drowned - is very applicable in this case," said Forrest County Emergency Management Director Terry Steed.
With the storm looming outside and evacuation traffic barreling north, Streed stressed one main thing.
"[Tuesday night] particularly and [Wednesday], in heavy rain periods, when you get into these 40 to 50 mile-an-hour winds, which we will probably get later tonight, please, unless you absolutely have to, do not get on the road," said Steed.
Around lunch time Tuesday the Pine Belt went under what was Mississippi's first tornado warning linked to Hurricane Isaac.
"These are generally not long-track tornadoes. Like for instance the one up in north Mississippi a year ago. They're F-0, F-1, but you know they could still be 80 to 100 mile-an-hour winds and do significant damage," said Steed.
"I think you have tornado activity and you have flooding," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree of his two main concerns going into tonight. "It's the aftermath really that's probably more dangerous than actually when the storm actually comes through."
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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