Rain, possible severe weather threatens Obama's outdoor acceptance speech
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hard rains for several days have been complicating the Democratic National Convention festivities and it doesn't look like the showers and possible thunderstorms are going to let up in time for the president's speech, which is scheduled to be held outdoors Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium.
"It puts a little damper on the program. but it's not really going to stop anything," said attendee Jerome Rodgers.
But it did rain out the end of CarolinaFest on Monday and caused extra logistical problems in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday. It's Thursday night that really has folks wondering whether bad weather will force President Barack Obama's acceptance speech indoors.
News 14 Carolina Meteorologist, Bob Child, said the chance of more rain and thunderstorms is there.
"Right now, the numbers are 40 percent chance for storms, some models may say 50. The point is if you're involving lightning, what chance do you take, because all it takes is one bolt to cause a real big problem," said Child.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Obama's camp said the acceptance speech will be held at the stadium, rain or shine. Though, they say there is a backup plan in case of severe weather. Officials have not said when a final decision will be made.
Child said by Friday the wet weather will move out of Charlotte, which for the Democratic National Convention is just a day too late.
There is talk of the speech being moved to Time Warner Cable arena, although nothing has been confirmed.