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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Mississippi Power update 

Mississippi Power energized an esential 50-mile section of transmission lines that serve the southern portions of our area Wednesday, according to a press release. Power has been restored to about 14,000 of the company's 195,000 customers, mainly in Meridian and Laurel. More than 4,000 workers are here, with another 1,000 to arrive shortly. More than 700 miles of lines are on the ground. At least 4,500 poles need replacing and thousands more need reparing. Estimates are that nearly 70 percent of the company's facilities suffered significant damage, especially in the Coastal and Pine Belt region. They request folks stay off the road to help repair crews be able to get around. Customers who see dangerous situations should call (800) ITS-DARK (800-487-3275).

Preparing For a Home Disaster

There are at least seven global or widespread disasters that seem likely to occur at sometime in the future. A large asteroid hitting the earth is one of those seven. It is generally accepted by scientists that asteroids have struck the earth in the past causing widespread damage. It is believed that asteroids will continue to collide with the earth every now and then. Maybe every sixty million years a big one comes along that is large enough to have a global effect on survival of earth's living things. The chances of such an event happening in a particular person's lifetime are tiny. But that tiny chance is there.
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