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Eight severe-weather safe rooms to be built in Forrest County

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The federal government is providing $7.3 million to build safe rooms where people can gather during severe weather.

The eight rooms will be built in south Mississippi’s Forrest County. Four will be in Petal, three in Hattiesburg and one in Brooklyn.

The rooms will be designed to withstand winds of up to 200 mph.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo and Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, announced the funding Friday.