Severe Weather Could Impact Southern Miss Campuses, Teaching Sites Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 24-25)

The University Police Department reminds students, faculty and staff of the potential for severe weather that could impact University of Southern Mississippi campuses and teaching sites late Saturday evening and Sunday. While the system is expected to bring its most significant impacts to the central and northern portions of the state, severe weather cannot be ruled out for the Hattiesburg area, or even the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The system could bring 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 potential for isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

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:

-Village Circle around Sorority Village
-Montague Boulevard between Kay James Drive and Ross Boulevard
-Parking spaces at the south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of street) at Montague Boulevard
-West Fourth Street between Golden Eagle Avenue and Eagle Walk
-Southern Miss Drive between North 30th and 31st avenues
-Ray Guy Way at Century Park South/Spirit Park
-South end of Kay James Drive at Montague Boulevard
-Trent Lott Center west lot next to M.M. Roberts Stadium
-Ray Guy Way at Eagle Walk by the 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 as well as Beach Park Place, as well as the four-way stop at Bear Point and Gulf Park drives.

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.

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

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