Storm indefinitely delays opening of 50th Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm moving through the area has indefinitely delayed the opening day of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The National Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain Thursday and some storms might be severe.

As the sky darkened ominously, about a dozen people huddled under umbrellas outside the festival’s main pedestrian entrance before the delay was announced. Streets around the venue were hubcap deep in water.

More than 70 acts including Earth, Wind and Fire and Alanis Morissette are scheduled Thursday, along with scores of food and arts and crafts vendors.

The festival generally goes on rain or shine, though storms canceled one Friday in 2004.

The rest of the weekend is expected to be sunny.

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