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Football to Relocate to Houston Ahead of Hurricane Ida

Tigers will prep for their season opener in unusual circumstances

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

With Hurricane Ida expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast on Sunday, the LSU football team is evacuating to Houston ahead of its season opener against UCLA.

LSU will spend Sunday through Thursday in Houston and then depart for Los Angeles.

Ida has strengthened to a Category 4 storm and Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said Ida “will be one of the strongest hurricanes that hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s.”

The Baton Rouge area is expected to experience hurricane-force winds and anywhere from eight to 16 inches of rain; New Orleans has already had to cancel a Saints-Cardinals preseason game because of the storm and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell is recommending residents of the area evacuate the city.

“Time is not on our side. It’s just rapidly growing. It’s intensifying,” Cantrell said. “If you’re voluntarily evacuating our city, now is the time to leave — you need to do so immediately. If you’re planning to ride it out, again, make sure that you’re able to hunker down.”

Stay safe, y’all.