Monday, March 30, 2009



Pearl – One death, due to drowning, has been confirmed.

Hancock: One business with minor damage; 50 roads closed because of flooding.
Harrison: 12 homes minor damage; two mobile homes with minor damage; 225 homes and apartments affected, 135 county roads affected by the flooding with three county roads sustain major damage.

Jackson: 28 homes destroyed; 122 homes with minor damage; one business with minor damage; 38 roads closed because of flooding and debris.
Jasper: One home destroyed; 1 home with major damage; two homes with minor damage; one mobile home destroyed.
Jefferson Davis: One mobile home with minor damage; eight roads closed.
Jones: One home destroyed; two homes with major damage; 18 homes with minor damage; two mobile homes destroyed; one mobile home with major damage; eight mobile homes with minor damage; two businesses with major damage; 13 agricultural properties with major damage and two with minor damage.

Lamar: 12 homes with minor damage; one business with minor damage; four roads closed.
Lauderdale: Two homes destroyed; 20 homes with minor damage; four mobile homes with minor damage; one business destroyed; one business with major damage; two agricultural properties with major damage.

Lawrence: Four homes with minor damage; two mobile homes with minor damage; six roads closed.
Leake: One home destroyed; trees and power lines down.
Lincoln: 18 homes with major damage; one business with minor damage; 15 roads closed.
Marion: Three homes with minor damage; one mobile home with minor damage; one business with minor damage; seven agricultural properties with minor damage; 24 roads closed because of flooding.

Pike: Street flooding reported in the county.

Simpson: 27 homes destroyed; 24 homes with major damage; 32 homes with minor damage; nine mobile homes destroyed; five mobile homes with major damage; 18 mobile homes with minor damage; two businesses destroyed; seven businesses with major damage; 25 agricultural properties with minor damage; 20 roads closed because of flooding.
Smith: Seven homes with minor damage; one business with minor damage; 11 agricultural properties destroyed.
Stone: 12 homes with major damage; two roads with minor damage.

Wilkinson: Seven homes with minor damage; one road closed because of flooding.

Due to recent heavy rains and the forecast of more rain in the state by Tuesday residents need to be aware of the threat of additional flooding along local creeks, rivers and streams. Please monitor local media outlets for updates on the flooding potential in your area.

Disaster Preparedness from MSMEA

Saturday, March 28, 2009


March 28, 2009 Storm Report Tweets from MSEMA :

Severe weather has pummeled south Mississippi for the past couple of days. Last night and this morning brought flooding in many areas. Some of the hardest hit areas are in Jackson county around Vancleave and in Stone County. Biloxi reported many streets flooded and water was over parts of Hwy. 90 between Ocean Springs and Gautier.

Hancock: One home flooded, 50 roads throughout county flooded.
Harrison: 19 roads closed in county due to flooding.
Jackson: 28 homes flooded, numerous roads flooded.
Pike: Street flooding reported in the county.
Smith: Seven homes damaged, three chicken houses damaged.
Stone: 12 homes flooded, numerous roads flooded.
Walthall: Numerous roads and bridges impassable due to flooding.
Wilkinson: Three homes damaged, one road closed due to flooding.



After a couple of weeks on Twitter just tweeting fluff, like, "having coffee and feeding the cats" and posting cat pics or the awesome fog the other morning, I began to think that this could be an incredibly useful way to get real time information to people during the upcoming Hurricane Season. Being the weather nut that I am, The Weather Channel is pretty much on my TV most of the time, but I decided that I needed and wanted additional information - I needed weather tweets because, as the world goes today, I needed information "right now"! I surmised that this would be especially great if I could find Mississippi tweeters who were into weather and reporting those live events and posting pictures of any tornados or hurricanes, and of course damage.

So, I began digging around for storm chasers and various weather geeks who lived in Mississippi. I was especially interested in finding tweeters who lived along the Gulf Coast. It didn't take long to find some either but I also included following Mississippi Emergency Management - MSMEA.

Last night, I was watching live streaming video of a chase over in southeast Louisiana. The system they were chasing was huge and also moving over southwest Mississippi with warnings popping up every few minutes. Info from other weather tweeters was coming in every few minutes. The real time information coming in last night was really showing that Twitter could be extremely useful during dangerous weather events. Even though I was not directly in the line of bad weather last night, I was able to keep up with the events which included the coast. With a tweet from MSMEA, I was able to pass along information via email to coastal friends (as they don't tweet... yet) which they then passed on to others.

This morning I was able to read damage reports from Biloxi/Harrison Co. and look at a picture of flooding on Hwy. 90 in Ocean Springs which was tweeted by a person living there. Although I have a great "Katrina friend" living in Ocean Springs, she was going to go out driving and take pictures of any flooding and email them to me. I'm still waiting. . .

So you see the combination of and directness of an iPhone, or other camera phone, Twitter, and Twitpic are just "the bomb" for moving "the stuff of knowing what's going on" immediately along the information highway . . . which seems to get shorter and shorter everyday. The tweeting of weather info from professionals and people out on the chase along with the ability to tweet your own weather info and pictures of damage makes Twitter just twitterific!

Non-Tweeters, you need to hop into the Tweet Lane.

An example of some of the many serious tweets that went on all evening and night and into the morning today.

One of my many trivial tweets - the video link was originally emailed to me (which is beginning to feel a bit archaic). After I watched this fun piece of claymation, I noticed that I could Tweet the YouTube link right from the site. So of course I just had too. Afterall, you need some fun stuff mixed into the pile of serious.



Well, I got hooked into twittering. Like I need one more Internet thingy to be occupied with. I have to admit that I got off to a slow start (and thought about giving it up) as I was
quite twitter-impaired. I had all of two followers and they were family.

Finally I got the hang of it all and began searching for a few interesting people to follow. Of course, being a cat lover, I Googled “cat-loving twitter groups.” Voila! Checked out some of the groupies and picked four to follow including two cats. Ditto for birding people and groups such as The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Next I looked for artists and discovered another growing phenom-art on Twitter, which translates into “twart,” “twartists,” and “twart” intstitutions such as The Tate in London. For now, I’m following The Tate, Jenny Holzer, An Xiao (a photographer and digital media artist), and kaffeeneko (an aspiring Digital Preservationist/Curator-Specializing in East Asian and Contemporary Visual Culture). I decided against Yoko Ono as she seems to tweet way too much.

Next, I noticed that I had begun to “collect” a few followers. Some I blocked because they had nothing to offer and some are people who I am following. Quality is more important than quantity.

So now I find Twitter more interesting than email, which is what I used to check first thing every morning. Now I reach for my beloved friend, iPhone, my second drug of choice, as I’m having coffee and my eyes are opening and check my tweets. Because I’m following people in other time zones I get great early morning tweets and twitpics and it’s all rather refreshing.

The people I follow in Twitter are allowing me to peek into their lives. Some of them are in Japan, Spain, Wales, England, and cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York.
This gives me a broader perspective of life in general. I get to read what people are doing, thinking, feeling, eating, drinking, reading, seeing-especially when they post a twitpic or video clip. If you’re traveling-impaired like me, you get to see some scenery that you’d never otherwise see. Just yesterday morning, I was viewing one of my tweeter’s videos of his very cute foster kitty taking advantage of their rooftop patio, which overlooks a city in Spain. In the vista: white roof-topped houses, palm trees, a rich blue ocean, and Oscar the kitty having a great time exploring his surroundings. Of course, you’d have to be a cat person to fully appreciate that one.

So, even though I’m loving this Twitter thing, it’s added more to my daily routine. Along with tweeting, and twitpicing iPhone images, I’ve got to keep up with my own Web site (way, way behind), check my Flickr account, MySpace, and update my blogs, including blogging this bit. That’s only a few bits of my web/iPhone enhanced life because once I find an interesting link or pic on Twitter I usually end up surfing the web or commenting on said pic, then before I know it I’m checking out a Flickr person which may lead
me to another Flickr person and then I find I may want to add them to my contacts and then I get the urge to upload new images to my own account but the images I want are still psds so I have to turn them into jpgs and then see I have comments to read. . . you get my drift?

So I decided to check MySpace this morning and then I want to blog because I have this topic on my mind.

And here I am, three hours into the morning wondering why I’m running behind on other areas of my life. Where do I draw the line? And, do I want to draw a line? Oh, forgot to check Facebook, I’m looking for a long-lost friend.