(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas in the coming days. The Category 4 storm looks like it could have a devastating impact.College football is a minor concern compared to the safety of those in the path of the storm. There have already been a number of games cancelled or rescheduled because of the impending hurricane.Another game time has just been changed. Old Dominion and Charlotte will play tomorrow instead of Saturday as previously scheduled.The game is set for 4 p.m. ET tomorrow at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte.The @Charlotte49ers football game with Old Dominion has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m.https://t.co/szv4nwAfHf pic.twitter.com/VE9wHPylE2— Charlotte Football (@CharlotteFTBL) September 12, 2018ODU arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday, and as the two schools monitored the track of the storm, a decision was made to move the game up.“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked closely with Old Dominion Athletics Director Wood Selig and the conference office to make this decision,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. “Our primary goal in playing this game is to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and do so without creating an undue burden on our community and its emergency services. I also want to acknowledge the incredible cooperation of Coach Bobby Wilder, Coach Brad Lambert, emergency management officials and our campus partners in this difficult process.”Expect some more games to either be cancelled or postponed in the coming days.We will keep you posted on any changes.
A 48-hour roadside inspection blitz of heavy trucks this week has helped to make Nova Scotia highways safer. More than 88 per cent of randomly selected heavy trucks passed tough on-road inspection standards during the international Roadcheck 2005. That’s up three per cent from the previous year. “Vehicle compliance-officers enforce safety standards and protect the health and well-being of Nova Scotia road users everyday,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Roadcheck highlights the importance of this work, and the high standards to which truckers must aspire.” Provincial officers conducted inspections around the clock from Tuesday, June 7, to Thursday, June 9, at the Amherst inbound scale house, while mobile patrols inspected commercial vehicles travelling on other provincial highways. The inspections include items related to vehicle, driver, and cargo safety. “Most vehicles showed a high level of mechanical fitness and passed inspections,” said vehicle compliance manager Don Evans. “Inspectors are seeing improvements in the quality of vehicles on the road, which can be attributed to the National Safety Code and stringent Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on-road inspection procedures.” Of the 176 trucks and trailers randomly selected on Highway 104, 21 were placed out of service for various defects. Roadcheck is held annually throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.