Severe Weather May Impact University of Southern Mississippi Campuses, Teaching Sites Friday-Saturday (April 13-14)

The University Police Department wants to inform students, faculty and staff of the potential for severe weather that could impact The University of Southern Mississippi's campuses and teaching sites late Friday evening and Saturday. The system is expected to bring high winds, hail and several inches of rain that could lead to flash flooding to low-lying areas. Poor drainage, ponding and a rise in local rivers and streams could also occur. The potential for tornadoes also exists.

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
· W. Fourth Street between Golden Eagle Avenue and Eagle Walk
· Southern Miss Drive between N. 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 along 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.

Please take a moment to check your contact information in the Eagle Alert system.

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

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