After Hurricane Matthew, Miami Hurricanes will return to practice Friday

Brad Kaaya readies to throw against Georgia Tech. (Getty Images)

Brad Kaaya readies to throw against Georgia Tech. (Getty Images)

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More than ever, it looks like game on.

With Hurricane Matthew gone from the Coral Gables area, Miami will return to practice on Friday, a UM source told The Post.

The team stayed at an area hotel Thursday but did not practice, with the storm expected to produced tropical storm force winds in Miami-Dade County. The area’s essential services were shut down beginning Wednesday afternoon, and schools — including UM — were closed through Friday. The storm shifted and did not affect the area as originally anticipated.

School will remain closed Friday, but the team received special permission to practice, a source said. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Hurricanes will run through their usual Thursday drills to make up for the missed day.

The 10th-ranked Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 ACC) will host 23rd-ranked Florida State at 8 p.m. Saturday (ABC). The Seminoles (3-2, 0-2) planned to travel to South Florida on Friday morning.

Thursday, UM officials reiterated they expected the game would be played as scheduled, while still communicating with FSU and the ACC about a backup plan.

Though Miami’s return to practice is a good sign the game will be played, it is not a guarantee.

Matthew, a Category 4 storm, was expected to strafe Florida’s central and northeastern coast, causing overwhelming damage, and hit Georgia and the Carolinas before circling back down to affect South Florida again as a weaker system.

Thursday afternoon, ACC spokesman Mike Finn said the conference and its schools continued to monitor the weather forecast for all games that could be affected by the storm. “Every effort will be made to play the games as long as the safety of players, teams and fans is not compromised,” he said.

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