Hurricane's approach threatens football

Laurens Academy playing tonight, 1-3 inches possible for Upstate Friday
In the case of heavy rainfall, drivers are advised NEVER to drive through standing water. Often, it's deeper than it looks.

First it was heat, now it's rain.

Laurens Academy Headmaster and football head coach Todd Kirk told the Laurens County Touchdown Club last Friday he was worried about the heat and hydration for the 12 members of his 8-man football team.

Now, Laurens Academy has decided to play its football game against Wardlaw Academy in Johnston TONIGHT (and cancel a middle school game set for Thursday) because a hurricane is approaching South Carolina.

Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 1 hurricane today. Forecasts show it tracking tonight and Friday over central South Carolina. Columbia and the Midlands could see 4-8 inches of rain. The Upstate of South Carolina (south of I-85) could be 1-3+ inches of rain Friday. Southeast Georgia and eastern North Carolina are expected to experience flash flooding, as well.

Thirteen people died from flash flooding in South Carolina in October, 2015, in a massive, statewide rain storm.

Clinton travels to Greer, and Laurens plays host to Chapman Friday night, and Clinton travels to Greer for week two of the high school football season. Both games are likely to be played in the rain, though not as extensive as rain forecast in the Midlands of South Carolina.

The Clinton JV team is scheduled to play host to Greer tonight.

Laurens Academy's game will kickoff at 6 pm tonight (Sept. 1). The Crusaders lost their week one game at Holly Hill, 40-8, and tonight will be fielding 11 players, as one of its dozen players is out of action for a concussion protocol.



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