Update: Tropical Storm Nate won't impact kickoff for FSU-Miami

Ira Schoffel, Managing Editor
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THURSDAY NOON UPDATE: A Florida State official confirmed to Warchant.com that Saturday's kickoff time will remain as 3:30 p.m. ET.

Statement from Florida State Athletic Director Stan Wilcox: “After confirming plans based on the 2:30 p.m. weather update, the Florida State vs. Miami football game will kick off as scheduled at 3:30 p.m. EDT.”

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THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

Florida State officials are expected to meet this morning to discuss Tropical Storm Nate and whether it will impact Saturday's 3:30 p.m. ET game against rival Miami, but the latest forecasts are looking more favorable for the Tallahassee area.

According to the National Hurricane Center's early Thursday morning update, the storm is now tracking further west and is expected to make landfall in the United States on Sunday, somewhere between Louisiana and the western portions of the Florida panhandle.

Previously known as Tropical Depression 16, the storm was upgraded and named Tropical Storm Nate around 8 a .m. Thursday.

Stay connected with Warchant.com for more on this story.

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FIRST REPORT -- WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Here we go again?

Three weeks after Hurricane Irma forced the Florida State and Miami football teams to postpone the annual rivalry game, both athletic departments now are monitoring a new tropical depression that could impact this weekend's scheduled makeup game.

The storm, which currently is named Tropical Depression 16 but is expected to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Nate this afternoon, is expected to hit Nicaragua and Honduras over the next 24 hours and then move into the Gulf of Mexico.

"We are monitoring the tropical storm and will continue to do so throughout the week," FSU officials said to Warchant in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Depending on how the storm develops, it could begin impacting the panhandle this weekend. According to CNN, "the official forecast for Nate has landfall near Panama City, Florida, on Sunday with winds of 80 mph, which would make Nate a Category 1 hurricane."

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The University of Miami has told media outlets in South Florida that is in contact with FSU and the ACC and also monitoring the storm.

Florida State already had to scrap its Sept. 9 home game against Louisiana-Monroe due to Hurricane Irma, and the Sept. 16 Miami game was moved to Oct. 7 because both teams fortunately had the same bye week.

FSU officials declined to discuss which options might be available should the storm threaten Saturday's game, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, but it's unlikely a decision will be made until Thursday at the earliest.

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