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Hurricane Katrina - Earlier News and Information

More Video Available - 8/31 8:00 pm CDT
Posted by B. Mursch - WIS News 10 - Columbia, SC
We have just finished publishing more video and updating this Podcast feed. All related streaming video can now be found on one page by clicking here.

WLOX Morale Good - 8/31 1:30 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
News from WLOX is that they are making progress, it's slow, but they are making progress. A contractor is at the station and is making their repairs a priority. They have been refueled and resupplied so they can stay on the air for those who can watch or listen via radio.

Crews from sister stations in Albany, GA (WALB), Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) and Montgomery, AL (WSFA) are helping with local coverage.

A local auto dealer is replacing station cars lost in the flood.

The best news, morale at the station is good.

Biloxi Press Conference on Relief Efforts - 8/31 11:20 am CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
Just published a press conference video clip, about 26 minutes long, on recovery efforts in Gulfport/Biloxi. This should answer some questions about certain areas and what efforts are underway. Find the link to the video just left of this text.

WLOX updates now online - 8/30 9:15 pm
Posted by B. Mursch - WIS News 10 - Columbia, SC
WLOX updates on Hurricane Katrina are now available online through the streaming video links on the left, or by subscribing to this Podcast feed.

Family and Friend Information - 8/30 5:20 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
We literally have hundreds of emails pouring into us asking for news of specific areas and specific family and friends. While this is tough task considering the current communication out of the Biloxi/Gulfport area, we hope to provide better information tomorrow. We have additional news crews and satellite phones in route to WLOX. They are due to arrive some time later tonight.

WLOX managers suggest the best way to find news of friends and family is through HAM radio operators. There is a HAM radio operator stationed at WLOX; call sign is WX5AAA.

You can find HAM radio operators in your local area by using The National Association of Amateur Radio website. Click Here to go to the search page.

We thank you for your patience.

Slideshow of Biloxi and Gulfport Available - 8/30 3:50 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
We have added pictures from the online video of Biloxi and Gulfport. Click Here to view them.

Video of Biloxi and Gulfport Available - 8/30 1:30 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
Amazing, saddening video of the destruction in Biloxi and Gulfport is available on WLOX.com. See the links to the left.

Salvation Army's Team Emergency Radio Network - 8/30 1:10 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
Heavy use has probably taken it's toll on the SATERN request form.
http://qso.com/satern/emailfrm.htm

Keep trying. Hopefully they will be able to get things back in order soon.

Video of Biloxi Coming Soon - 8/30 12:20 pm CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
We'll have some video of the area available soon here on WLOX.com. Aerial pictures are being sent from WLBT in Jackson and ABC has agreed to let us stream some of their video. More in a bit.

Salvation Army's Team Emergency Radio Network - 8/30 11:25 am CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
The Salvation Army's Team Emergency Radio Network has been activated to help family members or friends locate and get information on family members who may have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

The SATERN request form is available by visiting http://qso.com/satern/emailfrm.htm .

Family members can fill out a form and the network goes to work to try and get information on the family or friend's condition.

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - 8/30 11:10 am CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY
We are aware of the nationwide concern for family and friends in the Gulfport/Biloxi area. We are making every attempt to acquire video and news from the area.

The WLOX website is now being managed and updated by 14 of WLOX's sister stations. Those stations are also sending in news crews and other relief to the station.

Currently the only means of communication with the station is a single satellite phone. Three more satellite phones are on the way to the station at this time. Those should arrive by tomorrow.

While the station sustained heavy damage during the storm, they continued to broadcast and are continuing to broadcast at this time. They are also simulcasting through several radio stations in the market.

Many WLOX employees have lost homes or their homes have suffered heavy damage.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

WLOX's sister stations: KAIT - Jonesboro, AR - KCBD - Lubbock, TX - KGBT - Harlingen, TX - KLTV - Tyler, TX - KPLC - Lake Charles, LA - KTRE - Lufkin, TX - WALB - Albany, GA - WAVE - Louisville, KY - WFIE - Evansville, IN - WIS - Columbia, SC - WLBT - Jackson, MS - WSFA - Montgomery, AL - WTOL - Toledo, OH - WWAY - Wilmington, NC

WLOX Unused STL Tower Down - 8/30 10:15 am CDT
All on duty WLOX personnel during Hurricane Katrina are safe.

WLOX Reports Heavy Damage - 8/30 8:20 am CDT
Posted by C. McNeill - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY

(Biloxi, MS)
-- WLOX Station Manager Dave Vincent reports that the damage done to the Mississippi gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina is catastrophic.

Most major bridges are out or damaged in the area. The Biloxi to Ocean Springs bridge is damaged. The Bay St. Louis bridge on Highway 90 is gone. The beach highway along the coast is closed and impassable at this time.

The downtown area of Bay St. Louis is reported to be destroyed.

Thousands of homes are either damaged or destroyed all along the coast.

Officials at WLOX know of at least 38 persons either killed or missing in the Biloxi and Gulfport area.

They suggest the best method of trying to contact friends and family is by HAM radio as there is no power, no landline phone service or cell phone service. There is a HAM radio operator stationed at WLOX; call sign is WX5AAA.

There is no potable water in the area, but they are expecting some relief to come today.

Due to the continuance of tropical storm force winds and darkness through the nighttime hours, search and rescue operations are just now beginning to assess the situation fully.

The entire area is under a 24 curfew.

Veterans of Hurricane Camille, which hit the area in 1969, are calling Hurricane Katrina much worse.

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