The University of Southern Mississippi’s in-person operations on the Gulf Coast, including the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, the Marine Research Center in Gulfport, and at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, will be closed on Monday, August 24, in anticipation of potential severe weather related to Hurricane Marco. All online course delivery and remote work will continue. Hattiesburg campus in-person operations are expected to proceed as scheduled.
The National Weather Service is currently predicting Hurricane Marco to make landfall on Monday afternoon on the southeast Louisiana coast, with high winds, heavy rain and storm surge as the greatest threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Threats to the Hattiesburg area include the potential for high winds and flash flooding. Tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, and staff are advised to follow official sources of weather information, including the National Weather Service, for ongoing updates on Hurricane Marco, as well as Tropical Storm Laura. Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to hurricane status before making landfall—currently predicted for Wednesday or Thursday near the Louisiana/Texas border.
If you have not already done so, students, faculty and staff should take the following actions:
•Check now to make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the University’s Eagle Alert system. You may add other phone numbers, including family member phone numbers, into the system under your record.
•Comply with preparedness and emergency safety advisories issued by University officials or local or state agencies.
•Back up electronic files on portable drives or, for University-owned computers, through Eagle Backup.
Potential Flood Zones on USM Campuses
Local residents and visitors are asked to remain aware that these weather conditions may make some streets impassable or hazardous to navigate.
Motorists on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach should be aware of potential flood damage to parked vehicles at the shared parking lot with St. Thomas the Apostle 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.
Motorists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs should be aware of the potential for flooding on Halstead Road near the site’s entrance.
Motorists on the Hattiesburg campus should be aware of potential flood damage to parked vehicles in these areas:
•Pine Haven Drive around Sorority Village
•Montague Boulevard between Kay James Drive and Ross Boulevard
•10 parking spaces on the south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of the street) at Montague Boulevard
•West 4th Street between Golden Eagle Avenue 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 should not enter flooded areas.
For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601-266-4986.