HURRICANE IRMA: North Carolina show will close a day early

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Show organizers said they expect good weather today and Saturday for the in-water event at Port City Marina.

The Wilmington Boat Show, which opens today and was slated to run through Sunday, will end a day early because of the threat of Hurricane Irma.

"After much discussion and deliberation we have made the difficult decision to close the show on Sunday due to the threat of inclement weather,” show owner Jacqui Bomar told Trade Only Today.

“With out-of-town vendors and ensuring all of our exhibitors get home safely, we wanted to be proactive and get everyone out,” Bomar said. “We started to set up on Tuesday and had a high number of vendors and features already in town. We hope to have a great turnout [today] and Saturday, with beautiful weather expected, but safety is our first priority."

Getting to the show in North Carolina was already proving challenging for David Ittner of Yamaha Marine Group, the show’s main sponsor.

“North of Atlanta is a parking lot,” Ittner said Thursday. “It’s just stopped.”

Ittner said he’d already told his staff to head home a day early. “A lot of them have kids, so they need to get home to their families” before the storm hits, Ittner said.

The in-water show takes place at Port City Marina.

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