Hurricane Florence is moving, postponing several college football games in Week 3
Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 storm by the National Hurricane Center on Monday afternoon, and it is bearing down on the east coast of the United States. Updated models showed the eye of the storm to be East-Southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving toward the South Carolina/North Carolina border at 13 miles per hour.
Recent models show the storm making landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning anywhere from Charleston, South Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia. When it does, meteorologists are predicting Florence to weaken and sit over the east coast of the United States for a significant period of time, which could create major flooding.
The severity of the storm and the time in which it is expected to make landfall is putting the status of several FBS football games in doubt for Week 3 of the season.
It has already forced Coastal Carolina to move its game against Campbell up three days from Saturday to Wednesday. That game will kick at 2 p.m. ET at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, North Carolina, with free admission for all. Additionally, Liberty announced on Twitter that its Saturday game against Norfolk State has been rescheduled for Dec. 1.
The No. 18 UCF game at North Carolina has been postponed, as has the game between No. 14 West Virginia and NC State. It has not been announced whether either game will be canceled or moved to another date.
Here’s a list of more games that could be affected (all times Eastern):
|Campbell at Coastal Carolina||Buies Creek, NC
||Moved to Wednesday|
Boston College at Wake Forest
|Winston-Salem, NC||Moved up to 5:30 p.m.|
No. 18 UCF at North Carolina
|Chapel Hill, NC||PPD/TBD|
East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech
Ohio at Virginia
||4:30 p.m. ET in Nashville, Tennessee (Vanderbilt Stadium)|
||No. 14 West Virginia at NC State||Raleigh, NC||PPD /TBD|
|| Southern Miss at Appalachian State
|Norfolk State at Liberty||Lynchburg, VA||Moved to Dec. 1|
||Old Dominion at Charlotte||Charlotte, NC||Moved to Thursday|
||Marshall at South Carolina||Columbia, SC||PPD/TBD|
|Georgia Southern at Clemson||Clemson, SC||PPD/TBD|
Mandatory evacuation is already in place for Hatteras Island, North Carolina. A state of emergency has already been declared for South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Because of the danger that already exists, and potentially more evacuations to come, Duke’s road trip to Baylor could be another game impacted by the approaching storm.