While Hurricane Harvey has moved on from the gulf coast, the eastern U.S., and specifically South Florida, has begun preparations and evacuations ahead of the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Irma, which is currently a Category 5 hurricane – the strongest level on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. If it hits landfall as a category 5, it would become just the 3rd such category known to have ever hit the U.S.
In preparation, the University of Miami has cancelled all weekend athletic contests. The list of cancelled events includes the volleyball team’s scheduled trip to Philadelphia to play at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Cherry & White Challenge. There, Miami was to play Delaware on Friday and Temple on Saturday.
Miami’s volleyball team is 6-0 so far this season, one of 29 undefeated teams remaining in the top division of NCAA volleyball. Their schedule so far includes two wins against teams that finished last year ranked in the top 60 nationally in RPI – UCF (#60) and Florida Gulf Coast (#58). Both of those were 3-0 sweeps.
Miami is scheduled for one more non-conference tournament before they begin ACC play: September 15th through 16th at a home tournament (co-hosted with FIU), where they will play James Madison, Auburn, and South Alabama.
Also cancelled for the aptly-named Hurricanes is a football game scheduled for September 9th, a cross country meet, and 2 women’s soccer games.