The schools both compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the FCS.
Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Duke is moving staff and equipment toward North Carolina's coast to monitor the disposal sites for coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.
Boards are set up outside a grocery store before Hurricane Florence makes landfall.
North Carolina has waived transportation rules to help farmers move crops and livestock ahead of the most severe storm to threaten the US mainland this year.
"They're around the clock on corn", said Andy Curliss, chief executive officer for the NC Pork Council, an industry group. Within two hours, N.C. State canceled its home against 14th-ranked West Virginia. At the time, a potential makeup date wasn't announced. After the storm hits, staff are prepared to inspect the sites by foot, boat, and drone.
"Florence is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour".
East Carolina's announcement also noted the Greenville campus' history with serious flooding issues from Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The Cavaliers (1-1) will face OH (1-0) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.
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In South Carolina, Charleston Southern's game at The Citadel on Saturday in Charleston has been postponed to November 29 as long as neither has qualified for the FCS playoffs. It remains an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night.
The approaching storm also prompted commodity handler Cargill Inc to make plans to close meat processing plants in West Columbia, South Carolina, and Dayton, Virginia, on Friday.
More than 1.5 million people have already evacuated from the coastal areas of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. UCF's only open weekend comes October 27, but that's when the Tar Heels visit Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UCF's only open weekend during the 2018 regular season falls on the weekend of October 27. West Virginia is off on October 20 but the Wolfpack play Clemson that day.
The other option is the weekend of December 1, though that could conflict with conference championship games.
"The governor said that North Carolina is the bull's eye of this hurricane", Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, said in an interview.
"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks". Usually storms come to the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic from the south - and those usually curve safely out to sea.
In Virginia, No. 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina while Virginia and OH meet in afternoon games.
Motorists streamed inland on highways converted into one-way routes Tuesday as more than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 130 miles per hour winds and potentially ruinous rains. Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic.
UNC and UCF will continue to discuss the feasibility of playing the game at a later date this season. After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas.
- Florence is forecast to stall near the South Carolina/North Carolina coastline into Friday night and then drift towards Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.