Alexander City saw a rainy Independence Day Thursday. The area received close to three-quarters of an inch of rain between July 3-4, and more thunderstorms are expected through the rest of the holiday weekend. | Austin Nelson
Alexander City saw a rainy Independence Day Thursday. The area received close to three-quarters of an inch of rain between July 3-4, and more thunderstorms are expected through the rest of the holiday weekend. | Austin Nelson

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Rainy Fourth

Published 11:29am Friday, July 5, 2013

Thunderstorms put damper on local patriotic events

Though the rain held off long enough for Wednesday’s city fireworks show, the storm clouds settled in over the area for the Fourth and made many event organizers reconsider holding patriotic events this year.

As of press time, T.C. Russell Field had recorded .73 inches of precipitation since July 3.

The Russell Lands Boat Parade was cancelled in light of safety concerns. As of press time, the Russell Lands staff was still aiming to hold the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks show on Thursday night.

Organizers with the event had stated that while the concert would not be rescheduled in the event of a cancellation, the fireworks show would be moved until weather permitted.

“There has never been a cancellation of one of these shows,” Robert Gunn, events manager for the Lake Martin Amphitheater, said in a Tuesday interview. “Friday and Saturday are our two rain dates that we can shift around to, but we’ll see what happens.”

Friday’s forecast is bleak, as National Weather Service is calling for a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day, with chances dropping to 60 percent for Friday night.

Saturday’s weather outlook is marginally better, though meteorogolists are calling for a 70 percent chance of rain during the daylight hours, slipping to 40 percent Saturday night.

The Outlook will post updates to its Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as www.alexcityoutlook.com in the event the Fourth of July Blast at The AMP is postponed.

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