The damage estimates from the weekend’s swathe of tornados through the state, may increase as impact to structures is examined more closely.
MEMA reports more than 400 homes sustained severe damage or were destroyed, in Forrest County alone. Tallies of major damage in Lamar and Perry counties, stand at 43 and 10, respectively. The state total, which is subject to change, is more than 1100 homes, damaged or destroyed in Saturday’s tornado strike.
Meanwhile, Pine Belt Customers of Mississippi Power who’d been without lights since Saturday morning, as a result of the storm, had electricity restored by Monday evening at 10 pm.
That drowning in Neshoba county that claimed the life of a 5 year old boy, appears to have been an tragic accident. Autopsy results are pending, after his body was found floating in a pond. The child had to move a recliner barricading the front door, and unlock it, before wandering outside.
A student with a flair for geography could be ‘going national’. Seventh grader John Matthews advances to the state geography bee after qualifying by acing the contest at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Central MS. The National Geographic Bee takes place in DC the second week in May.
When people across the nation think of Mardi Gras…New Orleans may come to mind…but Mississippians know that the Gulf Coast pops and sizzles right along with our gris gris confreres in the Crescent City. The action commencing just two weeks from this Saturday will include the Elks Parade in Ocean Springs, Second Liners Parade in Biloxi and the Krewe of Legacy Carnival Parade in Pass Christian. All begin at 1PM.