Despite hurricane, Panthers haven’t altered travel plans

The Carolina Panthers will play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. (Reuters pic)

CHARLOTTE: Several college football games have been moved, postponed, or cancelled in anticipation of Hurricane Florence pummeling Virginia and the Carolinas, but the Carolina Panthers haven’t changed their plans.

Coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Thursday that the Panthers expect to practice in Charlotte on Friday and travel to Atlanta on Saturday.

The Panthers and Falcons are scheduled to play Sunday at 1pm local time. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Rivera said the team is monitoring developments and could leave on Friday, if necessary.

The outer wall of Florence made landfall earlier Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane with wind gusts of 169 kilometres per hour. The Weather Channel said the storm is expected to hover over the region for hours and bring a life-threatening storm surge and flooding.