UTEP and Charlotte officials are monitoring Hurricane Ian with a football game scheduled for Saturday

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Hurricane Ian made landfall in the United States Wednesday afternoon on the west coast of Florida as a Category 4 storm. Current weather patterns show the storm is weakening and will likely be a tropical storm, or tropical depression, when it reaches the Carolinas this weekend. This caught the attention of the UTEP football team, which is due to play in Charlotte on Saturday night.

UTEP officials told KTSM they are currently monitoring the storm with Charlotte officials. Starting Wednesday night, the plan is to play the game as scheduled.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte is bracing for 3 to 4 inches of rain this weekend as well as high winds.

North Carolina’s governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday night ahead of the expected impact of Hurricane Ian later this week.

The Miners (2-3) are coming off a 27-10 win over Boise State last week while the 49ers (1-4) are coming off a 56-20 loss to South Carolina.

Kick-off at Jerry Richardson Stadium is currently scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT on Saturday.

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