CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The streets of downtown teemed with convention-goers this afternoon when, suddenly, the people in the streets screamed and ran for cover.
Some people, just a few steps away, for a few seconds feared a terrorist attack. And then all of a sudden the truth came raining down on everyone and the threat came clear. The skies had once again opened for Charlotte's daily deluge.
The rainstorm seemed to validate the convention planners' decision to move today's 4 to 11 p.m. convention session, originally planned for the open-air Bank of America Stadium, inside to Times Warner Cable Arena.
So did the forecast, which calls for an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7 and 9 p.m.
Today marked the sixth consecutive day of rain in Charlotte -- meaning it's been raining since convention-goers arrived. And as a result, there are big boxes filled with abandoned umbrellas right outside the arena, given the fact that they are banned from the convention site.
-- Jerry Zremski