Rain or shine, outdoor DNC events will go on

Rain or shine, outdoor DNC events will go on

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 1:19 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man killed by lightning during severe weather at the NASCAR race in Pennsylvania has raised weather safety questions about thousands of people being outside at prominent events in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.

Those events include President Obama’s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium and CarolinaFest 2012, which kicks off activities in uptown on Labor Day.

CarolinaFest 2012 organizers say the event will happen rain or shine and the safety of visitors is a top priority.  Police will warn people if severe weather is coming.  So too will video screens and a public address system.

When it comes to President Obama's stadium speech, organizers said that too will happen rain or shine. They have an advisory team working on a contingency plan and that plan will be announced closer to the convention if the need arises.  If weather is an issue, visitors can head to the concourses like they do during football games.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Motor Speedway is getting ready for the Bank of America 500 in October.

The speedway has its own radar, plus they're in constant contact with Concord Emergency Management watching storms.

If lightning is heading for the track, the rule of thumb is to air on the side of caution.

Warnings come from a public address system, social media, ushers and employees warning campers.  All buildings are opened for people to take shelter.

"When something begins to get into the Charlotte region, we are in constant contact with those emergency management people.  They're telling us what's happening and we can make the right decision for what's best for the safety of our fans,” said Scott Cooper with Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 

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