President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for Lafayette County and five other northern Mississippi counties hit by severe weather earlier this month that killed six people, including an Abbeville woman.
A Disaster Recovery Center will be open at 8 a.m., Monday at Abbeville Baptist Church for residents to register for federal assistance.
“They need to come by and register and then they can find out what type of assistance they may be eligible for,” said Lafayette County Emergency Management Coordinator David Shaw.
Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday the declaration gives residents access to federal government assistance programs in Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. (May 14, 2010)
The number of homes damaged by the F2 tornado that ripped through Abbeville early Sunday morning is higher than emergency management officials first estimated, although most of the damage is minor, Lafayette County Emergency Management Coordinator David Shaw said. (May 7, 2010, Page 2A)
The tornado that left one Abbeville woman dead and two homes destroyed was an EF 2 tornado, which means it was fast and powerful, according to the National Weather Service. The twister produced winds of up to 130 mph.
Two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm; the other hit Ashland where it killed three people. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)
An unstable air mass overtaking the Mid-South this afternoon is expected to produce severe thundershowers that could include large hail, high winds and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. The storm system has already produced tornadoes in Texas and along the Florida panhandle. (April 23, 2010, Page 1A)
SWAT officers with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department may soon have a dedicated vehicle to help them arrive and perform optimally while out in the field. (April 12, 2010, Page 1A)
Gov. Haley Barbour declared the work week of Feb. 22-26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week last week. In conjunction, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. (February 23, 2010, Page 1)
CONTINUING COVERAGE — With most of the snow and icy rain expected to end this afternoon, the biggest concern for area residents will be driving on icy roads and keeping warm as temperatures are expected to drop rapidly throughout the day hitting an expected low of 10 degrees tonight. (January 7, 2010, Page 1)