A severe weather system moving into South Mississippi this week could have an impact on campuses and teaching sites in Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Ocean Springs and at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. This system has the potential to bring heavy rain, high winds, hail and flash flooding, with more severe conditions expected along the Gulf Coast that could include up to 10 inches of rain in some areas. Poor drainage, ponding and a rise in local rivers and streams could also occur.
At the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, heavy rainfall could impact the parking lot at the adjacent St. Thomas Catholic Church and along Beach Park Place. At the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, motorists should be mindful of the potential for flooding near the Halstead Road entrance. Motorists should also be aware of possible heavy rain affecting areas on the Hattiesburg campus that are prone to flooding, and should not attempt to access or navigate these areas.
If necessary, the University’s Eagle Alert system will be activated to notify members of the University community of additional severe weather conditions. For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.