A kiteboarder catches air off Lake Worth Beach in Florida while waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew on October 6, 2016. The Miami Dolhpins and Miami Hurricanes are set to play this weekend despite a state of emergency declared by Governor Scott on Wednesday. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo
Numerous sports events are on hold as Hurricane Matthew carves a destructive path toward Florida and up the East Coast.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents and tourists along the coastal areas to evacuate prior to the landfall of Matthew, upgraded Thursday morning to a Category 4 storm with winds approaching 145 miles per hour.
"This storm will kill you," Scott said, hours ahead of the hurricane's expected arrival along the southeast Florida coastline.
Evacuations are underway in Florida and South Carolina, with possibly one million people fleeing the storm. At least 102 deaths - 98 in Haiti -- in the Caribbean have been attributed to the storm as of 11:30 a.m. ET, according to Reuters.
Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins' players were scheduled for a day off on Thursday and the team and NFL are said to be monitoring the situation for Sunday's home game versus the Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. ET). Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday that there have been preliminary discussions about moving the game to Nashville, Tenn.
"We're watching the weather with the hurricane that's going on down there," Mularkey said Tuesday on his radio show. "There may be some weather issues. There's a very slight chance that game could be moved up here. There's been some discussion because of it."
Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Redskins
Sunday's "Battle of the Beltway" contest featuring the Baltimore Ravens and host Washington Redskins (1 p.m., ET) is expected to be played under windy and rainy conditions.
Florida State Seminoles vs Miami Hurricanes
No. 23 Florida State said it would remain in contact with the ACC and 10th-ranked Miami ahead of Saturday's rivalry game (8 p.m., ET) scheduled to be played in South Florida.
"At this point in time, the game will go on as scheduled in Miami but all three parties are discussing all possibilities in terms of the best way to play the game while putting the safety of the fans at the center of those plans," the Seminoles' athletic department said in a statement.
"I don't know what we'll do, to be honest with you," Miami coach Mark Richt said on Wednesday. "Just keep everybody safe first. We'll do the best we can."
Florida planned an announcement Thursday afternoon ahead of its Saturday game versus LSU (Noon, ET). University officials announced that they would close the campus on Friday.
Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Game Cocks
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a news conference on Thursday that it was "completely a school decision" on whether the Gamecocks will host Georgia on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET). Haley, who suggested playing the football game is unlikely, called for an evacuation of the state's coastal areas.
"We are in communication with the National Weather Service, local authorities and the SEC regarding potential weather issues," South Carolina said in a statement on Wednesday. "The safety of everyone that could be impacted by this storm is paramount."
Notre Dame vs North Carolina State
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the Fighting Irish's game Saturday afternoon against North Carolina State could be moved to South Bend, Ind. Kelly said pushing the game back to Sunday also was possible if events warranted.
"Everything is on the table right now," Kelly said. "We've kind of given them a window that we're available to play this game from 12 o'clock (Saturday) until noon on Sunday. We feel that anything after noon on Sunday starts to encroach upon our ability to prepare for Stanford."
The Central Florida Knights also postponed their football game against Tulane that was scheduled to be played Friday night in Orlando. The game was rescheduled for Nov. 5.
"Taking into account all the latest projections for Hurricane Matthew, we have to keep the safety of everyone involved in these events at the forefront of our decision-making," Central Florida athletic director Dr. Daniel J. White said in a statement. "We appreciate our friends at Tulane and Houston understanding and working with us through this situation."
Albany State at Charleston Southern and Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State also were postponed.
Old Dominion moved the game in Norfolk, Va., with Massachusetts up one day to Friday.
NASCAR, PGA, NHL
NASCAR's Bank of America 500 is expected to go off without a hitch. The forecast calls for Hurricane Matthew to be off the North Carolina coast Saturday night.
On Wednesday, the PGA Tour canceled its season-ending championship for the Web.com circuit scheduled to begin in Jacksonville on Thursday.
The Florida Panthers canceled Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Florida Instructional League, where Tim Tebow has been playing as a member of the New York Mets organization, has canceled the rest of the week, which ends the remainder of the season.