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Tornado watch in effect for much of Mississippi

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the following counties in Mississippi until 11 p.m. tonight.

Adams Attala Bolivar
Calhoun Carroll Chickasaw
Choctaw Claiborne Clay
Copiah Grenada Hinds
Holmes Humphreys Issaquena
Jefferson Kemper Leake
Leflore Lowndes Madison
Monroe Montgomery Neshoba
Newton Noxubee Oktibbeha
Rankin Scott Sharkey
Sunflower Tallahatchie Warren
Washington Webster Winston
Yalobusha Yazoo  

A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes.

For your safety, stay alert and know the weather in your area.

If the watch becomes a warning, that means one or more tornadoes have been spotted and you should take shelter immediately.

Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

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Third COVID-19 vaccine proving 90% effective

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A third COVID-19 vaccine has proven effective in late-stage testing.

AstraZeneca, headquartered in the United Kingdom, announced Monday that its vaccine has shown to be 90% effective. Trials were conducted in the U.K. and in Brazil with about 23,000 subjects.

The vaccine will also be cheaper and easier to distribute that those from Pfizer and Moderna. AstraZeneca says its vaccine does not have to be stored in ultra-cold conditions, a big benefit in rural areas and developing countries around the globe.

The company has also committed to not making a profit on the vaccine, bringing its per-dose price to about $2.50. Pfizer’s vaccine will cost about $20 and Moderna’s between $15 and $25.

Additional trials are underway around the globe including in the U.S.

Pending approval, AstraZeneca expects to be able to begin distribution in January 2021.

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Polk Street home destroyed in overnight blaze

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An overnight fire on Polk Street has left one home destroyed and two neighboring homes damaged.

Photo by Thomas Parker

The fire at 1028 Polk Street was first reported at 12:53 a.m. and was reported as a burning mattress on the front porch. Vicksburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Henry Williams reported that the house was heavily involved upon firefighters’ arrival, and VFD spent several hours battling the blaze.

Engines 6, 7, 8, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40 and Battalion 1 responded to extinguish the fire.

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According to Vicksburg Fire Department Chief Craig Danczyk the structure is a total loss, and the homes at 1026 Polk Street and 1030 Polk Street also received damage.

There were no injuries reported.

 

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Multiple vehicle wreck at Mission 66 and Indiana Avenue

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First responders were on the scene of a multiple vehicle accident at Mission 66 and Indiana Avenue in Vicksburg Saturday evening.

Police and rescue vehicles were called to the scene around 7 p.m.

First reports say there are multiple injuries in this accident.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional details as they become available. Please avoid the area if you can.

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