By David Dwork

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the threat of Hurricane Irma looming, precautions are being taken across the state of Florida.

The No. 16 Miami Hurricanes game at Arkansas State originally scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.

The game will not be rescheduled as there are no available dates for both teams during the rest of the season.

“It’s a situation where we were evaluating the storm and just trying to get an understanding of what it meant for any of our teams,” University of Miami Athletic Director Blake James said on WQAM. “Really it came down to, for the teams going on the road, the uncertainty of when they would be able to return home. Our guys could potentially be in Arkansas with their families here dealing with it.”

Getting to Arkansas was not a problem for the Hurricanes.

Concerns over the team and officials traveling back to South Florida was the main reason for the cancellation.

Hurricane Irma is a strong Category 5 that is forecast to begin impacting the area on Friday, with the brunt of the storm hitting late Saturday and into Sunday.

The University of Miami announced on Tuesday that classes would be cancelled beginning Wednesday through at least the weekend.


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