STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A county in north Mississippi has started construction of a community storm shelter.

The Commercial Dispatch reports federal money is paying for most of the $2 million project in Oktibbeha County.

The dome structure should be completed by next spring. It will accommodate nearly 1,600 people and is designed to withstand winds of up to 250 mph (402 kph).

The shelter will be near a park and the Starkville Sportsplex. Several apartment complexes are also nearby.

The county's emergency management director, Kristen Campanella, says the building will not have showers. It is intended as a temporary safe room during storms, rather than an overnight or long-term shelter.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,