DNC Storm Tweets That Show Just How Distracted Everyone Is
Some might think that all eyes would be centered on what’s happening inside the Philadelphia arena on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Instead, what seems to be grabbing the crowd’s focus is happening outside the convention center, and the many DNC storm tweets show just how distracted everyone actually is. Even though Hillary Clinton will formally accept the Democratic presidential nominee this week and her former rival, Bernie Sanders, is expected to take the stage on Monday evening, the thunderstorm taking over the East Coast is hilariously the center of attention.
Reporters were already upset with the of the convention center, calling it a "hot, logistical nightmare for the media." Some reporters complained about the long walk between the AT&T Center, where protesters have been gathering, and the Wells Fargo Center, where the Democratic convention is being held. Others complained about lagging WiFi, terrible air conditioning in the sweltering heat of the media tents, as well as bathroom facilities for the media.
Many in the media, convention attendees, and viewers at home took to social media soon after the storm struck to share how their experience has been so far. These hilariously snarky tweets show that everyone may be a bit irritated and distracted from the main events at the moment, but still poke fun at this moment.
DNC is telling reporters to leave the tents they set up for us because their made with giant metal poles and there's a lightning storm— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) July 25, 2016
So the media is in collapsing tents that cannot be occupied if lightning is in the area and are being evacuated into the storm. DNC!— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) July 25, 2016
People watching the DNC somewhere other than NYC: You’re missing out on a biblical storm that’s adding real drama to the proceedings.— Lauren Kelley (@lauren_kelley) July 25, 2016
The DNC has a chance to make their party seem like a safe haven for independents in the storm. Whoops. Ok. Never mind.— Jim Stogdill (@jstogdill) July 26, 2016
Um there is a crazy storm right now and the DNC media tent is not holding up well #DemsInPhilly— Molly Eichel (@mollyeichel) July 25, 2016
Monday’s theme — “United Together” — will bring a few notable names to the stage for both speeches and performances. Some celebrity faces include Eva Longoria, Sarah Silverman, and Demi Lovato. Some prominent political figures include First Lady Michelle Obama, former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The epic storm is likely to pass before these headliners make their debut. Hundreds of journalists were forced to evacuate the media tent shortly after 7 p.m. EST area after strong winds ripped holes through tents and heavy rains flooded electrical equipment.
Multiple reporters are leaving the tent city as officials broadcast an emergency flood warning. The roof is swaying pic.twitter.com/FK2CTYpCQj— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 25, 2016
The media was sent the following email on Monday evening:
The massive thunderstorm effectively shut down protests that were happening near the convention center and ultimately forced the media to halt the coverage momentarily. The rough weather might have been the cherry on top of a rough start to the first day of the convention. But, maybe as the storm calms outside, perhaps things will heat up a bit on stage.