Tropical Storm Cindy’s landfall expected in southwest Louisiana/east Texas late Wednesday or early Thursday

University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Cindy, which currently is expected to make landfall either late Wednesday or early Thursday in southwest Louisiana and east Texas.

Because of saturated conditions due to recent rains, students, faculty and staff at all University campuses and locations are asked to be aware of the potential for flash flooding. These conditions may make some roads impassable or hazardous to navigate. Area residents are asked to monitor weather reports and take action if flash flood warnings are issued.

While heavy rainfall and the potential for associated flooding remains the greatest threat for hazardous weather, high winds and tornadoes resulting from this storm cannot be ruled out.

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 on Beach Park Place.

At the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, motorists should be aware of the potential for flooding on Halstead Road near the site’s entrance.

The weather system is also expected to affect the Pine Belt. Areas on the Southern Miss 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 School)
-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

The University Police Department is in contact with local emergency management on the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg, and is keeping Southern Miss administrators informed of changes and potential impacts. 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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