Sports leagues and teams alter schedules in anticipation of Hurricane Irma |

As Hurricane Irma thundered through the Caribbean on Wednesday, sports teams throughout South Florida canceled games, evacuated families and began prepping for the most powerful storm the area has seen in years.

Days before the Category 5 hurricane was expected to make landfall, every sport, every team and every level had been affected. The NFL postponed Sunday’s regular season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and host Miami Dolphins, colleges across the state shifted kickoff times and postponed games, and high schools throughout the area canceled several days’ worth of practices and games.

At the University of Miami, classes were canceled for the remainder of the week, and the athletic department scratched the entire weekend’s athletic schedule, including the Hurricanes’ football game Saturday at Arkansas State.

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