CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Delegates who bothered to watch the week-long weather forecast for Charlotte were advised to pack their umbrellas because of a chance of rain each day, but that doesn't begin to describe the downpours that drenched arriving delegates Monday.
The same Hurricane Isaac that shortened last week's Republican National Convention prompted flash flood warnings in Charlotte on Monday.
The heavy rains and high winds put a heavy damper on Carolina-fest, an outdoor street festival featuring Carolina native James Taylor. Some Ilinois delegates who dared to venture out on the streets of Charlotte got back to their hotel drenched.
For those who forgot to pack an umbrella--it didn't matter anyway. The rains were so heavy and the winds so strong, umbrellas would have blown inside out of blown away altogether.