Storms, heat wreak havoc on Raleigh concert

July 27, 2012 8:17:13 PM PDT
Lightning and rain sent thousands of concertgoers running for safety in downtown Raleigh Friday evening.

The evacuation of the Raleigh Amphitheater sent thousands of concertgoers running for safety.

Most of them decided to wait out the weather inside the Raleigh Convention Center.

A large crowd was at the amphitheater to see the band Train.

"Then it down poured and then everyone was trying to hide under the little tents, but they made us come in here," said Train fan Jane Sedel. "And basically everyone is soaked, and drenched, and cold."

It was the latest weather challenge.

As the amphitheater gates opened Friday afternoon, people waiting in line were seeking shade, and struggling to stay cool under a scorching sun.

Carol Taylor brought her family, all the way from Wilmington.

"We've got a water pack. We've hydrated ourselves," said Taylor. "Got sun block on our shoulders, got hats, and a backpack and the shoes on our feet."

Temperatures took a dive for concert-goers, but only after the weather hit a sour note.

The concert was able to resume just after 9:30 p.m.

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