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5 Oct

Hurricane Matthew expected to cause US Travel Havoc

he National Weather Service updated projections and probabilities at 11 P.M. on Wednesday. Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 3 hurricane, but is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 again as it reaches Florida.

Hurricane warnings have been extended northward for this update to Fernandina Beach, Florida near Jacksonville. Hurricane watches extend from there to Edisto Beach, South Carolina just south of Charleston. Tropical storm watches and warnings extend far inland into even the gulf areas of Florida. More news can be found at the National Hurricane Center website, where the next update is scheduled for 2 A.M. and a full update at 5 A.M.

We are in communication with the National Weather Service, local authorities and the SEC regarding potential weather issues, the University of South Carolina said in a statement.

atthew could make landfall in south Florida as early as Thursday. That puts a plethora of high school, college and professional sporting events in jeopardy — especially for those fans driving long distances to see college football and the NFL over the weekend.

The Miami Dolphins of the NFL are scheduled to host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and Titans coach Mike Mularkey said on his weekly radio show Tuesday night that preliminary discussions have been held about moving the game to Nashville instead of Miami.

Cruise lines continue to alter their itineraries to avoid the affected areas in the Caribbean, with most offering passengers a series of make-goods. That includes Carnival, which is taking criticism for the events surrounding its Carnival Pride.

Initially set to sail this past Sunday from Baltimore to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport, Carnival altered the route and sent the ship completely north with scheduled stops in New York City and Saint John, New Brunswick. Another weather front off Canada cancelled the New Brunswick portion of the trip, and the boat is now docked at Pier 88 in New York City until it returns to Baltimore on Sunday.

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