iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — With Hurricane Matthew approaching the eastern coast of the United States, the Miami Heat are leaving town to continue their preseason workouts.
A spokesman for the team told ESPN the Heat will head to Texas Wednesday night to use the Houston Rockets’ practice facilities. The Rockets will be out of state for a pair of preseason games in China.
Forecasters predict Matthew, currently a Category 3 storm, could reach the United States and brush Florida by Thursday morning.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that the storm “could bring devastation to Florida [that] we haven’t seen in years,” adding that “we cannot rule out a direct hit on Florida” starting as early as Wednesday. He declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm.
Scott said that the effects of Matthew could be “catastrophic,” bringing with it a chance of heavy rain, rip currents, beach erosion, tornadoes and hurricane-force winds.
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