Delayed Start for All USM Campuses on Monday

All University of Southern Mississippi campuses and teaching sites in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast will have a delayed start on Monday, beginning operations at 10 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather overnight and into the morning. The system has the potential to bring heavy lightning, hail, flash flooding and tornadoes. Poor drainage, ponding and a rise in local rivers and streams could also occur.

If necessary, the University’s Eagle Alert system will be activated to notify members of the University community of severe weather impacts that could affect them. Please remain indoors as the system passes, traveling only in emergency situations. Should a tornado warning be issued, move away from windows and into a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

Locations on the Hattiesburg campus that may be hazardous for travel and to parked vehicles include the following:

-Pine Haven Circle around Sorority Village
-Montague between Kay James and Ross Boulevard
-10 parking spaces on south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of street) at Montague
-Fourth Street between Golden Eagle Ave. and Eagle Walk
-Southern Miss Drive between 30th and 31st Avenues
-Ray Guy Way at Century Park South/Spirit Park
-South end of Kay James at Montague (DuBard)
-Trent Lott Center west lot next to M.M. Roberts Stadium
-Ray Guy Way at Eagle Walk by the new raised crosswalk
-Parking area at the southwest corner of McCarty Hall

Motorists on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach should be aware of the potential for damage from flooding to parked vehicles at the shared parking lot with St. Thomas Catholic Church on the west side of campus. Motorists should be aware of possible heavy rain affecting places on the Hattiesburg campus prone to flooding, and not attempt to access or navigate these areas.

For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.

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