Florence forces postponement of several college football week 3 games in southeastern US

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
September 13, 2018, 2:49:22 AM EDT

As dangerous Hurricane Florence moves ashore over the Carolinas to end the week, it is forecast to stall over the southeastern United States this weekend and continue to pose great risk to lives and property in the region.

Record rainfall is possible and will undoubtedly lead to catastrophic flooding. Lightning will accompany the storm at times.

AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned that flooding problems may worsen significantly during the weekend, while the risk of falling trees and power outages will be ongoing.

"Because of expected dangerous conditions on the roads, the likelihood of air travel disruptions and personal concerns from the impending storm, some collegiate, professional and high school football games may be postponed this weekend," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer.

Static AP Image Akron Nebraska Game

Fans at Memorial Stadium stand in the rain during a lightning and rain delay in the first half of an NCAA college football game between Nebraska and Akron, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

"It is possible that some high school and college campuses will be closed due to the effects of Florence," Spamer said. "If the campuses are closed, football games cannot be played at home."

On Tuesday afternoon, officials declared that the East Carolina at Virginia Tech game had been canceled.

ECU wrote on their website that potential "perilous travel conditions, before and after the storm," led to the decision.

ECU said they hope to reschedule the game at a later date.

Some of the collegiate games that are at risk for adverse and potentially dangerous weather conditions on Saturday include Georgia Southern at Clemson and Marshall at South Carolina.

Games at Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Appalachian State and North Carolina have already been postponed as of Wednesday morning. The game between Ohio and Virginia has been moved to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Even the Sunday NFL game between the Carolina Panthers at the Atlanta Falcons could be affected. While the Falcon's stadium has a dome, the Panthers may have to leave early and impacts could be a distraction.

"Some of the families of players and fans may be at risk, facing evacuations and/or loss of property this weekend," Spamer said.

Multiple collegiate and NFL games have been delayed due to lightning so far this season, including the Akron Zips at the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Tennessee Titans at the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons at the Philadelphia Eagles during week one.

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