Miami Dolphins closely monitoring Hurricane Irma

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Posted: September 1, 2017 11:50 a.m. ET

By: Andy Slater

South Florida is hoping the only Hurricanes to hit Hard Rock Stadium this year will be from the University of Miami.

Forecasters are tracking Hurricane Irma, which is churning in the Atlantic and moving in a general westward direction.

According to one of the well-respected hurricane models, the European, Irma could be near South Florida on Sept. 10. That is the same day as the Miami Dolphins opener vs. Tampa Bay.

Keep in mind, hurricane models more than five days out are not always reliable. Quite often the expected path of a storm will change over time.

The Dolphins organization is keeping an eye on Irma.

“We monitor these things closely,” a team official said.

The 11:00 a.m. advisory on Friday had Irma as a Category 2 storm. The National Hurricane Center projects Irma to regain major hurricane status. 


The new canopy at Hard Rock Stadium was designed to withstand a category 4 storm.

What would the impact be of a category 5 storm?

That is a question that no one in South Florida wants answered.

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(Image: Tropical Tidbits, NHC)