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Could Florida State vs. Miami be canceled?

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Florida State University decided to cancel class from Friday through Monday and to cancel their home football opener against UL-Monroe due to the oncoming Hurricane Irma. The University announced that the game will against the Warhawks will not be made up. The Hurricane had been shifting east but took a turn back west as of Friday morning. Irma sustained winds of 185+ MPH for a record-breaking 28 straight hours and is expected to deliver widespread damage to South Florida.

With the shift west, Irma is now projected to move straight through the middle of the state. This has the potential to impact Tallahassee directly as the hurricane moves upwards. Expect high-speed winds and strong storms during Sunday and Monday. Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever and Florida could be impacted egregiously in the short term.

The entire state will be affected by this hurricane. If it really is as bad as projected, millions of Florida residents could be without power and more in the days or weeks following the storm. It’s extremely possible that the FSU vs Miami game in Tallahassee next weekend could be canceled as a result. Hurricane Irma could potentially destroy homes, businesses, and more. It might be impossible to navigate the highways in the days following the devastation.

If the state is really in as bad of shape as expected, it would make sense to postpone the game. It would keep tens of thousands of people off of the interstate while the Government works to fix what Irma damaged. You also have to think about the thousands, maybe millions, of residents who will be traveling back through the state to get to their south Florida homes. Traffic is going to be crazy next week.

The Seminoles and Hurricanes both have a bye week on October 7. If the game is canceled next weekend, that date could be perfect for a make up game. It would give both schools the opportunity to ensure their students and fans have the safest viewing experience possible for the game.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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