Weather forces Obama speech indoors

2012-09-05 16:50
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Charlotte - Democratic officials are moving President Barack Obama's convention speech on Thursday indoors because of the possibility of severe weather.

Obama had planned to accept his party's nomination in an outdoor football stadium before a crowd of up to 74 000 people. But Obama officials said forecasters have predicted severe thunderstorms from 21:00 to 22:00, raising concerns about the safety of supporters, volunteers, staff members and law enforcement.

Officials said Thursday's entire programme would be moved indoors, including Vice President Joe Biden's speech. The events will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the site of the first two days of the convention proceedings.

The move with will significantly reduce the number of people Obama will speak to in person.

- AP
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