Thursday, December 5 2013 6:39 AM EST2013-12-05 11:39:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Thousands of runners will gather downtown this weekend to fill the streets with hope for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. More than 20,000 people signed up for the 26.2-mile race course,More >>
Thousands of runners will gather downtown this weekend to fill the streets with hope for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:57 AM EST2013-12-05 10:57:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A judge ruled the two teenagers accused of killing a contractor and father to be tried as adults. A murder victim's wife faced the suspect killers in a courtroom Wednesday. "Extremely difficultMore >>
A judge ruled the two teenagers accused of killing a contractor and father to be tried as adults.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:55 AM EST2013-12-05 10:55:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - You are invited to join Action News 5 behind the scenes for what has become an annual holiday tradition. For the fifth year, members of the Action News Five family will sing Christmas carolsMore >>
You are invited to join Action News 5 behind the scenes for what has become an annual holiday tradition.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:54 AM EST2013-12-05 10:54:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Imagine the number of people it would take to fill 10 FedExForum arenas. That is how many people the Mid-South Food Bank provides emergency food and assistance to each year. Out of the estimatedMore >>
From sunrise to sunset you gave, and our team across eight locations had fun at the same time – all to stock the shelves of the Mid-South Food Bank.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:47 AM EST2013-12-05 10:47:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Some Germantown residents will notice their mail looking a little bit different Tuesday. A fire extinguisher burst at a post office, sending a white substance into the air, which ended up coveringMore >>
Some Germantown residents will notice their mail looking a little bit different Tuesday.More >>
HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) -
The initial tornado damage assessment of the University of Southern Mississippi is better than what university officials expected. "The great majority of the campus is just fine," USM administrator Joe Paul told the media this morning. "It could have been much, much worse."
The university's front door area near Hardy Street sustained most of the tornado damage. At least six campus buildings have some sort of tornado damage. "We've still go work to do to make sure the grounds are safe," said Paul.
According to Gov. Phil Bryant, 63 people went to the hospital after the tornado cut a 75 mile path through Marion, Forrest and Lamar Counties. "I'm honored and proud to say there are no known fatalities," the governor said.
About 200 homes sustained storm damage. So did 100 apartments. At the height of the storm, 13,339 people lost power. That number was down to 4,300 at the time of the 9:45 am news conference.
Governor Bryant issued a State of Emergency for Forrest, Lamar, Lawrence and Marion due to the impacts of severe storms and tornadoes.
"As local and state officials work together to assess the damages, this State of Emergency will help expedite the support needed," Gov. Bryant said.
Buildings at the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi were damaged. The USM police department also issued a State of Emergency for that campus.
USM's web page states: Damage has been confirmed to Jazz Station, Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Ogletree Alumni House and Elam Arms, which is vacant. Please avoid those areas of campus. Electricity is available on the Freshman Quad area of campus.
"There are plenty of residential gas leaks, but we are shutting them down as we get them. There are plenty of down trees, debris and road closures," Hopkins explained.
Authorities suggest Hattiesburg residents avoid lighting candles or cigarettes because of those gas leaks.
Two shelters in Forrest County are open:
Forrest County Community shelter on Sullivan Drive by the Multipurpose Center.
Civic Center in Petal located on Main Street.
"We are working with law enforcement to get people in these shelters," Hopkins said.
There are also reports of several power outages in Forrest County. Hardy Street in Hattiesburg is blocked at 31st Street. Motorists should avoid Hardy Street.
According to the American Red Cross Mississippi Region, the American Red Cross is responding to damage in multiple counties. They are working with local emergency management agencies in Lamar and Forrest counties to assist with sheltering for those affected by possible tornadic activity.
Red Cross officials also said, reports indicate more than 50 families may need to seek refuge in Forrest County's shelters.
"The Red Cross operates under a regional structure and shares resources in multiple offices and facilities throughout Mississippi for expanded service delivery," said Joshua Joachim, Chief Operations Officer for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Although we have confirmed substantial damage to our Red Cross office in Hattiesburg rendering it inoperable, we are pulling resources from our other locations and will continue to meet the disaster-caused needs of those affected by tonight's storms." Additionally, no staff or volunteers were injured.
To make contributions call 1-800-RED CROSS, donate online at www.mississippi-redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation; charges will be applied to the cell phone bill.
WLOX-TV, WLOX.com or the WLOX App and WLOX Weather App will keep you updated on the latest storm damage information.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:44 PM EST2013-12-05 04:44:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) – According to the Olive Branch Police Department, a 6-year-old was hit by a car while running to meet the school bus, Wednesday morning. This happened at Fox Hunt Drive and Alexander Road, nearMore >>
According to the Olive Branch Police Department, a 6-year-old was hit by a car while running to meet the school bus, Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 5:52 AM EST2013-12-04 10:52:56 GMT
(WMC-TV) – The Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis. The building located in 3400 block of Cazassa, has been vacantMore >>
he Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:02 AM EST2013-12-04 11:02:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A man was critically shot in a South Memphis residential area Monday, according to preliminary information from Memphis police. Police responded to 345 South Parkway East around 7:30 p.m.More >>
A robbery victim has died one day after being shot and Memphis police need the public's help finding three suspected gunmen.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-04 04:31:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A mother and four children escaped a dramatic fire along Interstate 40 partially because of a passing motorist. That motorist happens to be an undercover DEA agent, and he believes it was moreMore >>
A mother and four children escaped a dramatic fire along Interstate 40 partially because of a passing motorist.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:57 PM EST2013-12-04 04:57:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis police responded to Minglewood Hall on Madison Avenue in Midtown after receiving a shooting call. Dispatch said they have a wounding outside in the parking area of the building. TheMore >>
Memphis police responded to Minglewood Hall on Madison Avenue in Midtown after receiving a shooting call Tuesday. When arriving on the scene, officers found someone was stabbed in the finger.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 6:01 AM EST2013-12-02 11:01:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The father of an unborn child is under arrest after police say he shot the woman carrying his baby. Jonathan Turner, 32, was arrested Friday, accused of shooting a woman several times as sheMore >>
The father of an unborn child is under arrest after police say he shot the woman carrying his baby.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:35 PM EST2013-12-04 17:35:11 GMT
(KSDK) - Not many of us can say we have saved a life, but 9-year-old Emily Ogle of Roxana, Illinois did just that earlier this week. "Well, I was just sitting there eating my lunch and then I looked overMore >>
Not many of us can ever boast of saving a life, but 9-year-old Emily Ogle of Roxana, Illinois did so earlier this week.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:07 PM EST2013-12-04 04:07:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police responded to two separate, critical shootings Tuesday afternoon. Officers found a man shot at 273 Carpenter Street near East Memphis shortly before 5:30 p.m. In a separate, unrelatedMore >>
Police responded to two separate, critical shootings Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 5:52 PM EST2013-12-03 22:52:08 GMT
Eleanor Turner passed away in a hospice facility early Friday morning. While her son and daughter were debating whether to tell Eleanor's husband Frank, another phone call came. Frank Turner passedMore >>
In the Sunday edition of the Charlotte Observer, Page 7 B, you find a story of a love so true, even death didn't part them for long.More >>