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Charlotte, NC Weather: Democratic National Convention Site Soaked Before Obama's Speech

09/06/12 10:29 PM ET  AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Not a single raindrop is falling from a nearly cloudless sky in Charlotte, N.C., as President Barack Obama begins delivering his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Obama took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday night about an hour after his motorcade whizzed by the empty and dark Bank of America Stadium where he originally had planned to deliver the speech.

Campaign officials decided earlier in the week to move indoors because of the chance of rain. Heavy rain did fall for a while in the afternoon, just about the time thousands of people would have started lining up to get into the 74,000-seat stadium.

Republicans claimed the Democrats were afraid they wouldn't be able to fill the stadium. The arena seats about 15,000 people.

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  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A delegates runs for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Protesters seek shelter from a pouring rain at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 during the Democratic National Convention. President Obama's speech was moved from Bank of America Stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena due to weather concerns. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Delegates run for shelter in a downpour as they arrive at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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