The Carolina Panthers have been monitoring the progress and potential impact of incoming Hurricane Florence, but had not made any official preparation decisions as of Wednesday afternoon.
“We have several contingency plans,” said coach Ron Rivera, who added that a team that includes new Panthers owner David Tepper has been working on plans for players and their families.
“And our thoughts and prayers most certainly go to everybody that is in the path of this hurricane, just to make sure everybody is safe. But we do have a few plans, and as each day goes by we will see where we are before we make any decisions.”
The Panthers play the Falcons in Atlanta this Sunday. Plans could include heading to Georgia early, or finding a practice facility with a roof as the current Panthers facilities do not have one.
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Now a Category 3 storm, Florence could hit the Carolinas as early as Thursday. On Wednesday, its projected inland track shifted to the south and west. The the National Weather Service is projecting as much as 10 inches of rain for Charlotte.