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Hurricane Lee’s Impact: FSU vs. Boston College Game Faces Potential Wind and Rain

There’s a giant football game this weekend between Florida State and Boston College. There was also a giant storm churning out within the Atlantic named Hurricane Lee. Lee, which fell to a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday, keeps moving up the coast and has brought heavy winds and rain to Latest England since Friday. At noon Saturday, the Seminoles and Eagles will play in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

FSU is ranked No. 3 within the country and is seeking to open their ACC conference schedule with one other big win. Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis is looking like a Heisman Trophy candidate, but how will his passes reach Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman if he’s facing 45 mph winds?

“The ‘Noles may face driving rain and low-end tropical-storm-force gusts in Boston on Saturday if Lee tracks more towards Maine, or intermittent showers and blustery winds with a path towards Nova Scotia,” said Ryan Truchelut, chief meteorologist at Tallahassee-based WeatherTiger.

Hurricane Lee tracker:

Follow the storm’s path ahead of arrival off Latest England coast

Will Lee affect the sport? Here’s what to know.

Will Lee affect Massachusetts?

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy rains from Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee were occurring in parts of Latest England and Atlantic Canada, in keeping with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

A “hurricane watch” signifies that hurricane conditions are possible throughout the watch area. A watch is often issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. As of Saturday morning, a hurricane watch was in effect for:

  • Latest Brunswick from the U.S./Canada border to Point Lepreau, including Grand Manan Island
  • Nova Scotia from Digby to Ecum Secum

A “tropical storm warning” means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere throughout the warning area inside 36 hours. As of Saturday morning, a tropical storm warning was in effect for:

  • Westport, Massachusetts northward to the U.S./Canada border
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Nantucket
  • Latest Brunswick from the U.S./Canada border to Fort Lawrence, including Grand Manan Island
  • Latest Brunswick from Shediac to Tidnish
  • Nova Scotia from Fort Lawrence to Point Tupper

Where is Lee headed?

The National Hurricane Center reported as of 8 a.m. Friday, Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee was about 160 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine and about 185 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lee had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving north at 25 mph.

Will Lee affect Boston College vs. FSU football game?

The sport is scheduled to start at noon Saturday. Alumni Stadium, where the Seminoles and Eagles will play in Chestnut Hill, is lower than 10 miles from the South Boston Waterfront.

Tropical storm conditions are occurring along the coast of Latest England, meaning sustained winds are anywhere from 39-73 mph. While the middle of Lee is predicted to stay dozens of miles offshore, it’s a large storm about 390 miles across. Because it moved north Friday, it was 640 miles across, concerning the size of Montana.

Forecasts for Chestnut Hill on Saturday call for winds of 14-20 mph. NOAA calls for wind gusts as high as 38 mph and a 40% probability of rain with recent rainfall amounts of lower than a tenth of an inch.

FSU vs. BC updates:

Follow live as No. 3 Florida State football opens 2023 ACC schedule at Boston College

On Saturday morning, storm swells at Boston Harbor were expected to be 1-3 feet.

The wind and rain are prone to down trees and will cause power outages, the National Hurricane Center said. Nonetheless, NOAA’s predictions show heavy rain from Hurricane Lee is not expected to succeed in as far west as Boston. The heaviest flooding is forecast to fall on Cape Cod and Maine.

How is FSU football preparing for Lee?

Florida State coach Mike Norvell was asked earlier this week how the team was preparing for the possible storm.

“Just say some prayers and hope we get some opportunities for it,” Norvell said of doubtless playing in extremely windy conditions.

“Wind is all the time a challenge. When you will have quarterbacks who can throw the ball crisp, and clearly our quarterbacks can. It definitely helps in those situations.

We’re doing all we are able to. Even today we added a few wet ball opportunities in our route drills. Those are the things you possibly can control.”

Football teams facing poor weather conditions are inclined to depend on running the ball as a substitute of passing. Florida State is well suited to depend on the bottom game: Travis, Trey Benson and company have the No. 23 rushing attack within the country averaging 220.5 yards per game. Boston College has the No. 53 run game at 177 yards per game.

FSU football prediction:

Can FSU construct momentum vs. BC with Hurricane Lee looming?

How can I watch Boston College vs. Florida State football game?

Florida State vs. Southern Miss might be seen on ABC. Dave Pasch and Dusty Dvoracek will announce the sport from the booth with Tom Luginbill because the sideline reporter.

Streaming options include ESPN+ and fuboTV, which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.


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