Message from University Police: Tropical Storm Harvey

The University Police Department reminds students, faculty and staff of the potential for severe weather and flash flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey. These weather conditions could likely remain in the area for the next 5 to 7 days.

An expected 5 to 7 inches of rain could impact our coastal teaching sites. Tides are also expected to be 1 to 3 feet above normal. The storm is expected to move northwest of the Pine Belt area, but 3 to 5 inches of rainfall are expected through Friday. As the weather system moves closer to our area Wednesday and Thursday, there is an increased possibility of tornadoes and wind gusts up to 50 MPH that could impact Southern Miss 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 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.

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 newly-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 impacts that could affect them.

Should you have questions, please contact University Police at 601.266.4986.

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