Florida State vs. Louisiana-Monroe is the latest college football game to be canceled this weekend due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.
Late Thursday night, the Seminoles announce all athletic events for the weekend have been canceled as the storm gets closer to its expected landfall on Sunday morning. Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and has sustained winds over 185 miles per hour for days, so everyone is taking the threat very seriously.
Florida State will also be canceling all classes through Monday.
From a statement:
Florida State University will be closed Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11 at the direction of Governor Scott in advance of Hurricane Irma. Classes are cancelled and faculty and non-essential staff are released. On-campus housing and dining services will continue throughout the weekend as usual. Based on the current forecast from the National Hurricane Center, storm conditions are not expected in the Tallahassee area until Sunday. Stay tuned to alerts.fsu.edu and the SeminoleSAFE app for further updates as they develop.
Please be advised the university has a very robust emergency management plan and response. University administrators and staff have been working for an extended period to make sure all campuses are prepared. FSU is doing everything in its power to provide the necessary resources for its students. Travel outside of the Tallahassee area is not recommended and is strongly discouraged for a variety of safety reasons, including heavy traffic on roadways and the uncertain availability of gas.
The game was initially scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but it was moved up to noon earlier in the week. At this point, it’s unknown if the game will be rescheduled.
For now, the Seminoles will turn their attention towards being safe and the well-being of their families, before returning to action next weekend against in-state rival Miami, which was also forced to cancel this weekend’s game.