The National Weather Service in Jackson has placed South Mississippi at an elevated risk for severe weather today with the potential for wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding, 3-inch diameter sized hail and the possibility of tornadoes. This weather system is expected to move through late this afternoon and in the evening and be more severe north of Interstate 20 in the central part of the state.
University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff at the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs are asked to monitor weather forecasts and take precautions. Should an emergency situation arise due to this weather system, the University will activate the Eagle Alert emergency communication system.
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. Locations on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus where flooding occurs that could cause damage to vehicles parked in these areas include the following:
31st and Pearl in the area of 108 North 31st Avenue
31st and Southern Miss at Arthell Kelley Hall behind the Junior Food Mart
30th and Southern Miss at Arthell Kelley Hall behind the Junior Food Mart
Eagle Walk and Black and Gold Drive at the football practice field
Eagle Walk and north side of M.M. Roberts Stadium
Golden Eagle Drive at the raised cross walk
Kay James Drive at the DuBard School
Fraternity Drive at Montague Street
Pinehaven Circle at Delta Gamma house
Motorists should use caution in these areas during times of heavy rain and not enter flooded areas. For more information, contact University Police on the Hattiesburg campus at 601.266.4986.