Severe Weather May Impact Southern Miss Campuses, Teaching Sites Today-Thursday (May 3-4)

Please be advised that two severe weather systems are predicted to move through South Mississippi today and early tomorrow morning, the first starting this afternoon along and south of the I-10 corridor, and the second affecting the entire area beginning this evening. These two systems have the potential to bring isolated tornadoes, large hail, heavy rain, high winds and flash flooding to low-lying areas. Poor drainage, ponding and a rise in local rivers and streams could also occur. The system is expected to affect The University of Southern Mississippi's campuses and teaching sites.

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 as well as Halstead Road at the entrance to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. 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.

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 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

If necessary, the University’s Eagle Alert system will be activated to notify members of the University community of severe weather that could affect them. For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.

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