A roundup of weather delays and cancellations (we will continue to post updates):
South by Southwest sent a weather alert at 7:14 p.m. telling people to seek shelter indoors.
#SXSW Weather Update: Severe weather alert. Seek shelter indoors now. pic.twitter.com/VQHtPVYTLX
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 19, 2016
From writer Steve Scheibal at Auditorium Shores:
When the Tijuana Panthers started their set at 5, it was hot humid, and bright enough that the lead guitarist sang a Samaritan for sunscreen. By the time they wrapped up at 5:40, the sun was gone, cinematic clouds were looming off to the west, and the police were quietly answering questions about where to shelter in place.
The beleaguered announcer was alternately ordering and imploring people to move from the Long Center terrace to the parking garage a block away. Hundreds of stragglers, many still grousing about potentially missing the Coheed and Cambria show, held out, hopping the lightning would pass and the show would go on.
Then a spectacular, multi-pronged bolt cut across the sky, and people started to move.
For many, the storm became the show. Every couple of minutes the sky would burst with light, followed by a chorus of “oooo” echoing through the garage. Dozens of fans staked out spots along the wall on the structure’s upper levels, seeking a wider view of the sky.
Elsewhere, the showcases at the Mexican American Cultural Center and Pandora’s Discovery Den at the Gatsby were halted, as was Willie’s Reunion in Luck, Texas.
The Fader Fort first evacuated and then canceled shows for Friday night.
๐จ #FADERFORTConverse UPDATE ๐จ
Due to thunderstorms, the FADER FORT will not reopen tonight. Stay safe homies.
L๐king forward to Day 4.
— The FADER (@thefader) March 19, 2016