Sports As Hurricane Irma approaches, Dolphins relocating operations to California

20:40  08 september  2017
20:40  08 september  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Report: Dolphins-Buccaneers game likely postponed until November

  Report: Dolphins-Buccaneers game likely postponed until November The NFL reportedly announced on Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins game — originally scheduled for Miami on Sunday — will not be played in South Beach due to the increased threat of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida over the weekend. Dolphins home game vs. Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will not be played in Miami on Sunday.

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Unsure about the damage Hurricane Irma might do to their South Florida home, the Dolphins are relocating to California ahead of the storm and their Week 2 season opener against the Chargers.

Multiple outlets reported Friday that owner Stephen Ross has chartered a flight out of Miami that is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles Friday evening. Players, coaches and family members who are still in South Florida are welcome on the plane, ESPN said.

Ross also will make sure players who left the Miami area after this weekend's scheduled opener against the Buccaneers was postponed will be able to join the team in California, CBS Sports reported.

Canadian couple stranded on Caribbean island pleads for help, evacuation

  Canadian couple stranded on Caribbean island pleads for help, evacuation At least two Canadians are stranded on the island of St. Maarten in the path of Hurricane Irma, and friends say they haven’t received any direction on how to evacuate.Michael Moriarty and his wife, Meryl, travelled to St. Maarten from Ajax on Sunday for a vacation. When Hurricane Irma struck on Wednesday, the couple said they were “stuck” with “no food (and) no water,” according to an email they sent to friends. “Desperate for (evacuation), need as much help as possible,” the email reads. “Please get all friends to call Canadian consulate they are our only hope of rescue.”Jill Davis received the email Thursday.

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The NFL could postpone or relocate Sunday's game in Miami between the Dolphins and Buccaneers because of Hurricane Irma . Hurricane Irma is projected to hit South Florida on Sunday, which likely puts the game in jeopardy.

Hurricane Irma © (NOAA via Getty Images) Hurricane Irma

Tropical storm-force winds (at least 39 mph) are expected to reach the Miami area by Saturday morning ahead of the massive storm's expected landfall in South Florida later in the day. As of midday Friday, Irma was a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

The storm is projected to plow right up the center of the Florida peninsula — a track that is expected to impact Jacksonville by Sunday evening, as well. With that in mind, the Jaguars announced Friday that they will remain in Houston following their opener Sunday afternoon and "reevaluate travel options" Monday morning.

Dolphins owner pledges $1M to Hurricane Irma relief effort .
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pledged to donate $1 million to help with recovery efforts in Florida following Hurricane Irma, the team announced Wednesday. "The devastation throughout Florida was heartbreaking, but I am inspired by the resilience and spirit of our state to help rebuild," Ross said in a statement. "Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by Hurricane Irma and we are committed to helping in long term recovery efforts."The Dolphins also announced efforts that include using their volunteer program - the "Miami Dolphins Special Teams" - to help with rebuilding projects around Florida.

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