The Miami Dolphins organization is moving operations to Los Angeles on Friday night ahead of potential landfall by Hurricane Irma in South Florida this weekend. Players, coaches and their families are all expected to make the trip out west.
Adam Schefter of ESPN provided details of the evacuation before the team's Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center in L.A. next Sunday. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted team owner Steve Ross is handling travel arrangements for those who haven't already left the area.
The NFL announced Tuesday the scheduled Week 1 contest between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was supposed to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, would be postponed until the teams' shard Week 11 bye due to the storm.
"In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with the state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate," a league statement read.
In turn, the Dolphins won't open the regular season until next week against the Chargers. That's followed by another road game all the way across the country against the New York Jets before the team travels to Wembley Stadium in London in Week 4 for a "home game" with the New Orleans Saints.
Miami head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday he's never gone through preparations for a major hurricane and would just follow guidance from the league.
"I've never been through anything like that," Gase told reporters. "I don't know what to expect. I just want our guys to think, 'Hey, we know what we're doing.'"
The Weather Channel reported Miami is currently under a hurricane warning as Irma, which is currently a Category 4 storm, moves toward South Florida. The current projected track takes it over the Miami area early Sunday, though that remains subject to change.
"Severe hurricane conditions," including "life-threatening water-level rises" are possible in the area Sunday, per the Weather Channel, which has led to mass evacuations from Miami and surrounding cities.