Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina

Updated: August 31, 2004, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel has postponed its home opener against nearby Charleston Southern because of the potential that Hurricane Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina this weekend.

Citadel officials on Tuesday canceled all of the weekend's home athletic competitions, including two women's soccer matches in the Costco Soccer Classic.

Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Frances was a Class 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was located about 145 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Projections called for the storm to make landfall somewhere from central Florida to North Carolina during the weekend.

The school said the decision was made early because of the potential need to evacuate students.

"Given the circumstances, it was decided that this is the appropriate decision to make to ensure the safety and security of everyone at The Citadel," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of the college.

The schools will try to reschedule, Citadel athletic director Les Robinson said.

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