With Harvey hammering Texas, does the UF game get cancelled/ postponed/ moved?

Submitted by UMBSnMBA on August 27th, 2017 at 11:27 PM

I'm surprised that no one has yet raised this, but formerly Hurricane Harvey is moving very slowly and the current track progressions show it possibly hitting as far as Dallas as late as Friday.  Any thoughts on whether this disrupts the game, disrupts the team's travel and preparations, or has other impacts on what transpires next weekend?

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M-Dog

August 27th, 2017 at 11:34 PM ^

Texas is a big state.  Dallas is far from Houston, further than Detroit to Chicago, and the game is a week away.

It's not likely to be enough to cancel the (indoor) game.

UMBSnMBA

August 27th, 2017 at 11:37 PM ^

I'm rooting for it to be a non-event for us, but Weather.com shows it potentially hitting Dallas by the end of the week (Thu-Fri).  It is moving very slowly (5 MPH). I can see several complications including the challenge of hosting a game when a lot of the population of Houston has been displaced to Dallas or just the difficulty of flying into Dallas when you have a storm that can be 200 miles across. 

I have to say that I hope the game goes as planned.  I have to have some Michigan football this weekend!

MGoGrendel

August 28th, 2017 at 9:01 AM ^

It was over 4 hours, so I checked the distance between them.  Google maps has Chicago to Detroit at 284 miles.  Dallas to Houston is similar at 242 miles, but not greater.  I agree with your premise that the storm will dissipate by then.  Similar to a hurricane hitting the Florida panhandle - we get heavy rain in Atlanta (~300 miles), but it's manageable 

ChiCityWolverine

August 27th, 2017 at 11:45 PM ^

It's not actually that powerful at this stage, nor will it be after multiple days over land. Coastal Texas is suffering so much because it hasn't blown through like most tropical storms. Lingering in the area is giving the people no respite from the weather and dumping more and more rain on heavily flooded terrain.

North Texas may yet see stormy conditions later in the week. That weather really won't be harsh enough to affect an indoor sporting event, though the fanfare and tailgating could be a bit subdued.

Sopwith

August 28th, 2017 at 1:48 AM ^

it's more about the influx of evacuees by the end of the week. If we're talking thousands, the convention center can handle it. If we're talking 10s or even 100,000 or more, then people will start looking at Jerryworld and the Alamodome. San A is closer, but getting a good bit of the weather itself plus I-10 is more treacherous along the way. I-45 to Dallas is longer but probably the better option to get somewhere (relatively) dry.

The problem right now is that people are either stuck in their homes or stuck in the city-- but when they get the chance, a significant chunk of the area's residents are going to split any way they can. During Katrina, they used the Astrodome for people who could get out of town and the Superdome for those who couldn't. Houston earned some karma the way it took people in.

All the devastation so far? That's not even half of the water due by Thursday. This is off the charts as a disaster. So sad for the affected.

SituationSoap

August 28th, 2017 at 8:52 AM ^

Not getting into politics here at all, but unfortunately FEMA is likely to be pretty understaffed because the current administration hasn't made replacing Federal employees they didn't retain a priority. It's very possible that we're only just beginning the most painful parts of Hurricane Harvey's destruction.

m1817

August 28th, 2017 at 7:57 AM ^

You should check the weather forecast for Arlington before you go covfefe. https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/tx/arlington/76011

Arlington is 257 miles northwest of Houston. Harvey is headed east, northeast of Houston, towards Louisana.

People cannot get out of Houston now because the roads are flooded.  By Thursday, weather conditions will start to dry out.  Houstonians will start cleaning up and trying to get their lives back in order, not fleeing their homes.

Not to minimize the damage but the media only covers people that were most adversely impacted by Harvey. Most of us were inconvenienced by street flooding but our homes were not flooded out.

 

Catchafire

August 27th, 2017 at 11:31 PM ^

Excellent question. Seems as though people could seek shelter in Dallas while things return to normal.

Would it be beneficial to have the game at a later date?

Mr. Yost

August 28th, 2017 at 12:06 AM ^

From a humane standpoint? Maybe.

From a money making standpoint? Not a shot in hell (unless something every more catastrophic hit this week that no one has already predicted).

Last year the east coast played games in outdoor stadiums around the hurricane. There is no way they're moving a game in Dallas, in an indoor stadium, with all of this planning and money on the line.

Besides...San Antonio and Austin are both closer than Dallas. I know they're all in the same state, but you know, #Geography.

I just pray for the families, the pets and animals, and the cities that were hit this weekend. Very sad stuff. But no impact on Dallas oter than maybe it's rainy and your commute just got a little more difficult.

rob f

August 28th, 2017 at 3:09 AM ^

I'm familiar with ringneck pheasants, gamecocks, grouses, partridges, woodcocks, turkeys, ducks, and even wabbits and a few other small game.

You're going to have to post a photo of the rare and elusive wank pheasant, though, and share with us the best hunting methods.

Bando Calrissian

August 28th, 2017 at 1:52 AM ^

"I TOLD DEM COUGUHS, DET VALLEY, DIS MUSS BE DA PLACE, DIS MUSS BE DA PLACE FOR FOOBAW WIT DAT HURRCANE. IN LUSIANA, WE KNOW RAIN. IT WET. THEY A REAL FRIENDLY BUNCH OUT DER IN OOTAH, BUT DEY SAY NO. I DON KNOW WHAT I TELL MIKE DA TIGUH, HE WAS REAL EXCITED TO SHOW EM DAT BAYOU HOSPITALITY. DAT JUST MEAN MO CRAWFISH FOR DA COACH O I GUESS."

abt424

August 27th, 2017 at 11:45 PM ^

The reason it hasn't been raised is Dallas is pretty far from the territories that have been devastated by the hurricane. 

I live in Austin and we've been pelted with rain the past two days (probably will get rain the next couple, too). But Austin is not experiencing major flooding when compared to Houston/Port Aransas and other areas (areas that are 2-4 hours East when traveling by car). Some flooding of creeks and downed trees, but nothing huge. East of Austin is bad, and the further East you get the worse it gets.

Dallas, while a little East of Austin on a map, is much further away from from the storm than Austin. That's because Dallas is much further north (basically 200+ miles straight north) I don't know how much rain the Dallas area has gotten, but I'd be shocked if it was more than 5 inches 

Cruzcontrol75

August 27th, 2017 at 11:45 PM ^

It looks like they have yet to be affected by the storm. The distance from H-town to bigD is roughly the same as Detroit to TC so the weather is very different in both cities. There may be rain in their forecast Thursday and Friday. But I would think Jerry would open his practice facility, Ford Center, to both teams if they need indoor practices. And the game is indoors. The likelihood of having to move the game is slim.

uminks

August 27th, 2017 at 11:56 PM ^

The tropical storm will remain along the southeast TX coast through mid week then slowly move northeast into AR by next Saturday. I doubt that Dallas will see much rain from this system. Now if the game was played in Houston, I would really worry!

JWG Wolverine

August 28th, 2017 at 12:13 AM ^

Not gonna happen.

But what if this game was moved to Gainesville?

Even better, what if it was moved north, I heard that the biggest stadium in the country is in Michigan or something...

 

Seriously though, let's play this game in AA, and also in normal home uniforms PLEASE.