Michigan’s Florida natives keep an eye on the approach of Hurricane Irma

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall in South Florida this weekend, and several members of the Michigan football team are keeping an eye on the Sunshine State as it prepares for the storm.

The Wolverines’ 2017 roster includes 12 players from Florida, including seven from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday that Irma had weakened slightly but remained a Category 5 storm with winds of 180 mph. It is expected to hit South Florida early Sunday.

On this week’s Big Ten football coaches teleconference, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he has family in Florida. He was asked how he prepares players for a Saturday game when a natural disaster is approaching.

“How do you do it?” Harbaugh asked, rhetorically. “You do the best you can. There’s a lesson to understanding what you can control and what you can’t control. Nature is something that, through experience, I’ve found you can’t control. You pray, you talk to your family members, and you want to know that they’re safe and that they’re in a plan of getting to safety. That’s what I’ve found, what I do personally. ”

Michigan running back Karan Higdon is from Sarasota, on the western coast of Florida. Sarasota is about 60 miles south of Tampa and about 230 miles northwest of Miami.

“A lot of times, the hurricanes that come blow over Sarasota and blow over Northport, so I’m hoping that’s what’s going to happen,” Higdon said.

Higdon said, however, that Michigan’s Florida contingent hasn’t really discussed Hurricane Irma.

“I’ve talked to my family, I’ve talked to some friends,” Higdon said Tuesday. “They’re worried about it but I think they’re very prepared. We’ve faced hurricanes before, and this is going to be another building block for them, but I’m praying that they’re going to be all right and if not, I’ll do the best I can to help.”

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