Central Florida sports teams adjust schedules, relocate due to to Hurricane Ian

Gary Harris
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Mekhi LaPointe, Aamaris Brown, Trevion Cooley
Posted at 10:43 PM, Sep 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-28 22:43:51-04

(AP) — Orlando's training camp schedule is being disrupted by Hurricane Ian.

The Magic could not practice on Wednesday because the storm was looming, and called off their practice on Thursday as well because Ian was forecast to seriously affect the Orlando area with its rain and wind.

Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon, bringing massive amounts of rain — more than a foot in some cases — and knocking out power to 1.8 million people.

The Magic opened camp Tuesday, and haven't been able to practice since. The plan calls for them to return to practice Friday, three days before their still-scheduled preseason opener at Memphis on Oct. 3.

Meanwhile, South Florida — which saw what was supposed to be its home game in Tampa this weekend with East Carolina moved to Florida Atlantic, across the state in Boca Raton — also has moved its practice operations.

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Louisville running back Trevion Cooley (23) is tackled by South Florida defensive back Aamaris Brown (9), and defensive back Mekhi LaPointe (22) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Louisville won 41-3. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The Bulls are working out at the University of Miami's facility; the Hurricanes, whose campus is about 45 minutes south of FAU, have a bye this weekend.

It's similar to the Tampa-to-Miami-area relocation by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who practiced Wednesday at the Dolphins' facility in Miami Gardens.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

The Bucs are scheduled to host Kansas City on Sunday, but the NFL said that game may get moved to Minneapolis if Tampa cannot host because of storm-related issues.

The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning have also moved their training camp to Nashville on a temporary basis, and will play the Predators there on Thursday and Friday.

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev (98) chases the puck after getting past Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

The Lightning have also postponed a weekend that was to be filled with fan events, including the team's 30th anniversary season kickoff Saturday, an open practice on Sunday and coach Jon Cooper's annual charity fishing tournament on Monday.

Earlier this week, in addition to the USF-East Carolina game, two other college football games involving Florida schools were changed because of the storm.

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Tennessee running back Jabari Small (2) is stopped at the goal line by Florida safety Trey Dean III (0) and others during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Florida moved its home game against Eastern Washington from Saturday to Sunday, and UCF did the same with its game against SMU.