The University of Missouri and Louisiana State University are coming up with contingency plans for this weekend’s game due to the potential impact of Hurricane Delta which rapidly intensified on Tuesday turning into a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds. Delta is on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 on approach to the U.S. Gulf Coast this week.
In a Tweet on Tuesday, the Southeastern Conference said they are monitoring the weather activity to determine a course of action for athletics this week. One of those athletic events is the scheduled LSU and Mizzou game on Saturday. Once it moves on from Mexico, Delta is expected to become even stronger over the Gulf of Mexico, sustaining winds up to 130 mph as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast, where landfall around Friday would be followed by heavy rainfall across the southeastern United States.
LSU released a statement on Tuesday sharing an update on their plan in the wake of the news on Delta. The statement was first shared on Twitter by Dave Matter, a Mizzou athletics beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STL Today. In the statement, LSU said they are still planning to play Mizzou at 8 p.m. on Saturday. However, they are monitoring Hurricane Delta as well as working with the SEC and Mizzou Athletics to make a contingency plan.
The immediate worst impacts were expected along the resort-studded northeastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where hurricane conditions were expected Tuesday night and landfall early Wednesday. Mexico began evacuating tourists and residents from coastal areas along its Riviera Maya Tuesday.