Virginia and the Carolinas appear to be in significant danger from Hurricane Florence, upgraded to a category 4 hurricane Monday. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane-force winds could make landfall as soon as Wednesday night, and a wide area centered on Virginia and North and South Carolina faces dangers from winds and flooding. That’s already having a drastic effect on scheduled college football games, and there may be more to come. First, the projected map:
#Florence is likely to cause damaging hurricane-force winds along parts of the
coasts of South & North Carolina, & a Hurricane Watch is in effect for some of this area. Damaging winds could also spread well inland into portions of the Carolinas & Virginia https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/DzNeyuPLYV
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018
Football Scoop has a thorough list of the major college football games that could possibly be affected by this. Here are some that have already been changed or cancelled and of their planned or actual broadcasters):
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Campbell at Coastal Carolina; originally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at Campbell. Originally set for ESPN3, no word on if that’s changed.
Thursday, Sept. 14:
Boston College at Wake Forest: moved up from 7:30 p.m. ET to 5:30 p.m. ET, still on ESPN.
Robert Morris at James Madison (Madizone HD Sportsnet streaming): moved from Saturday to Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday, Sept. 16:
No. 18 UCF at North Carolina (ESPNU): cancelled, makeup TBD.
No. 14 West Virginia at NC State (ESPNU): cancelled, makeup TBD.
UNC-Pembroke at Catawba College (YouTube): permanently cancelled.
Norfolk State at Liberty (ESPN3): rescheduled to Dec. 1.
Elon at William & Mary (Cox Yurview): cancelled, makeup TBD.
Other key games to keep an eye on are Ohio at Virginia (3 p.m. ET Saturday, ACC Network Extra), which reportedly could move to Nashville, Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2), and East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech (12:20 p.m. ET Saturday, ACC Network). There’s no word on if there will be changes to the latter two yet, or to a number of other smaller schools’ games. We’ll update this post as more information comes in. Meanwhile, some, like CBS’ Danny Kanell, are already complaining about these games being cancelled:
Hate these games being cancelled due to hurricane. Couldn’t they have waited another day or two to see what the impact of hurricane is… if any at all??
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 11, 2018
Kanell got thoroughly dunked on for that one:
— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) September 11, 2018
Danny Kanell will fight that Hurricane if it comes to that pic.twitter.com/vFOrneD941
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) September 11, 2018
I say it's high time we play games in active volcanoes
— Sun Bowl Lane Kiffin (@JasonKirkSBN) September 11, 2018
If you're actually sincerely interested in why an abundance of caution deserves to be taken in this situation @dannykanell (which you probably aren't) I reported on it last year. https://t.co/8369FhKNgJ
— Richard🏈Johnson (@RJ_Writes) September 11, 2018
I hate it too, but millions are evacuating the coast & interstates are going to contraflow. Logistically it would be a nightmare, and extremely dangerous to bring in tens of thousands in from out of town. The precise track will be adjusted, but catastrophic impacts are likely.
— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 11, 2018
Proof that Danny Kanell doesn’t understand the impact hurricanes have on local and state resources. https://t.co/HrMdiQauJM
— Dan Thompson (@DK_Thompson) September 11, 2018
Danny Kanell gonna keep playing football during the Rapture too huh?
— BBS (@BurritoBrosShit) September 11, 2018
We’ll see if anyone else drops hurricane takes, too.