Satellite view of unsafe Hurricane Florence at sunrise

Carlton Robbins
September 15, 2018

The storm is now 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

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Orangeburg is about 75 miles from South Carolina's coast. "We're in a very deadly and important game of chess with Hurricane Florence". "We are sharing information with local officials so they can prepare".

ECU officials say they hope to be able to reschedule the game later this season.

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Tall corn and tobacco crops are most vulnerable to wind damage and hard to harvest if knocked down, said Rhonda Garrison, executive director of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely unsafe hurricane". However, the Knights are scheduled to play on Thurs. ECU said it hoped the game could be rescheduled for later this season.

Virginia is moving its football game against OH to Nashville, Tennessee due to Hurricane Florence's approach.

"The priority must be safety for everyone in the path of the hurricane", UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement. Relocating the game also will allow emergency personnel in the Charlottesville, Virginia area to focus on regional needs brought by the hurricane.

Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east.

Virginia moved its home game in Charlottesville against Ohio University to Vanderbilt Stadium and several FCS games in Virginia and the Carolinas were postponed.

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But it's forecast to strengthen to near the level of a Category 5 storm - which has sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or more. Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

In Virginia, James Madison has moved its home opener against Robert Morris from Saturday to Thursday night to get ahead of the storm. He also canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for hundreds of miles of the U.S. East Coast, from Edisto Beach in SC up north to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

UNC's bye weekend is October 6 but UCF hosts SMU that day in an American Athletic Conference matchup. UCF's only open weekend during the 2018 regular season falls on the weekend of October 27. North Carolina is the top US turkey producer, ranks third for chicken and is home to more hogs than any state other than Iowa, government data show. West Virginia is off on October 20 but the Wolfpack play Clemson that day.

The other option is the weekend of December 1, though that could conflict with conference championship games. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said. From there, the Blue Devils will find a high school near Waco to hold a final practice and walk-through before the game. He advised that North Carolinians should not attempt to ride out the storm.

In Virginia, No. 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina while Virginia and OH meet in afternoon games.

The center of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop feet of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

UNC and UCF will continue to discuss the feasibility of playing the game at a later date this season.

Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.

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