Message from The University of Southern Mississippi: Hurricane Ida Update

Hurricane Ida has made landfall near Grand Isle, La., with wind speeds of approximately 150 mph, and begun its path inland.

All emergency preparations across University of Southern Mississippi (USM) campuses and locations on the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg have been completed, and USM students, faculty, and staff are reminded that the University will be closed on Monday, as Ida’s greatest impacts to south Mississippi are expected to occur late Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. Should the University’s regularly scheduled operations on Tuesday be affected, the Eagle Alert emergency communication system will again be activated on Monday afternoon. All emergency alerts are also posted to

As a reminder, the main threats for the University’s Coastal Operations include impacts of rainfall up to 16 inches, storm surge up to 9 feet, winds gusts of more than 50 mph, and possible short-lived tornados. The Hattiesburg campus could see tropical storm wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and flash flooding with rainfall amounts from 4 to 10 inches. There is also a possibility of brief spin up tornadoes.

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