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Harvey puts professional sports games on hold

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, is playing havoc with professional sports schedules.

For one thing, the Houston Astros have learned they’re going to be spending a long time away from home.

The Astros will play their next two series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the decision, who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday.

That away-from-home schedule change includes a three-game series beginning Tuesday against the Texas Rangers and a three-game series against the New York Mets, which starts on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced by the teams or by Major League Baseball.

Both the Astros and Rangers flew to Dallas after their games in California on Sunday to await news of where the series would be held.

They will now head to Florida, where the Astros will host “home” games far away from home, just like they did in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008 when they played two scheduled home games in Milwaukee.

The Houston Texans of the National Football League are also in the Dallas area, awaiting word on where their scheduled home preseason game against the Cowboys on Thursday will be played. Both LSU and BYU are keeping close watch, with the two teams scheduled to play each other Saturday at the home of the Texans.