Members of the Southern Miss community in Hattiesburg and at its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, as well as other Gulf Coast teaching sites, are asked to monitor news reports concerning a severe weather system moving through south Mississippi today, Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning in the early afternoon, and continuing into the evening hours. The storm is expected to bring up to six inches of rain that could result in flash flooding and the potential of damaging wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Tornadic activity 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, 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.
Local residents and visitors are asked to remain aware that these conditions may make some streets on the Hattiesburg campus impassable or hazardous to navigate.
Locations on the Hattiesburg campus where flooding occurs that could cause damage to vehicles parked in these areas include the following:
· Pine Haven Circle around Sorority Village
· Montague Boulevard between Kay James Drive and Ross Boulevard
· 10 parking spaces on south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of street) at Montague Boulevard
· Fourth Street between Golden Eagle Drive 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 Drive at Montague Boulevard (next to the DuBard School)
· 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 should use caution in these areas during times of heavy rain and not enter flooded areas. University officials will continue monitoring weather conditions.
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 at https://www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert.
For more information, contact University Police at 601.266.4986.