Severe weather threat forces event changes

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The threat of severe weather forced the Magic City Art Connection to cancel it's Saturday event downtown at Linn Park.

The event draws hundreds of people each year, but the threat of bad weather worried vendors.
"Like everybody else  pray and do what I can," said Joe McGie. "Like everybody else drop the sides and cover things up."

Many of the artists have expensive items to protect. They realize a severe storm could jeopardize their work.

"4 TO 5 hours to break down, 5 hours to set up and break down on Sunday... I don't think I can do that," said Diana Yum-Bucher.

The city of Birmingham announced Friday it would open Boutwell Auditorium as a temporary storm shelter Saturday if needed.  Emergency managers said it was important for anyone going outdoors on Saturday to be aware of the weather conditions.

"People should be monitoring the weather, local news services, pay attention to that," said Horace Walker. "If they have to go out, listen for warning signs."

At the Fed Cup, up to 6,000 people are expected to attend the weekend event at the BJCC. Tennis officials said they plan to keep people inside the BJCC if there is a tornado threat.

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