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September 12, 2017

Some Florida Convention Centers Begin to Reopen Post-Irma

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma moving across northern Florida Monday afternoon. // Photo by the National Hurricane Center

Major convention facilities in Florida are beginning to reopen following the passage of Hurricane Irma, although several events scheduled for this past weekend were postponed. 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center reopened Tuesday. The Build Expo, which was originally planned for September 13 – 14, has been postponed to December 6 – 7. 

At the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami International Auto Show was also postponed. The event had been originally scheduled for September 9 – 17, although no updates on a new date were available as of press time. 

At the Tampa Convention Center, the Tampa Boat Show has likewise been postponed to October 13 – 15. The event had originally been scheduled for September 8 – 10. 

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean last week, and made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys Sunday morning before moving up the west coast. According to the latest update from the National Weather Service, the storm is now a post-tropical cyclone that will slowly wind down Tuesday and Wednesday, producing rain over parts of the Southern Ohio Valley and Tennesee / Lower Mississippi Valleys, eastward to parts of the Southeast / Southern – Mid Atlantic. Overnight Tuesday, rain is also expected in parts of the Great Lakes and Middle Mississippi Valley that will end over the Middle Mississippi Valley by Wednesday evening. Thunderstorms are possible over parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic, as well as in the Northern  Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes by Wednesday morning into Wednesday evening. 

Airports in Florida and Georgia that were shut down by the storm began to resume with limited service Tuesday. 

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