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Rock on the Range disrupted after Mapfre Stadium evacuation for severe weather

Day one of the Rock on the Range music festival got a bit dampened after severe weather passed through Central Ohio. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Day one of the Rock on the Range music festival got a bit dampened after severe weather passed through Central Ohio.

Festival officials suspended the festival for more than three hours for a storm system that contained lightning, rain, and high winds.

Officials asked concertgoers to return to their vehicles, citing that as the safest place to be until the storm passes. They said on-site meteorologists detected rotation in the storm, reiterating the need to find shelter, either in a vehicle or at Mapfre Stadium's Lausche Building.

Officials said they'll be able to extend the hours for tonight's shows after coming to an agreement with the City of Columbus about the curfew.

Just before 7 p.m., organizers released the scheduled show list for Friday night, which will be capped by a tribute to Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell, who was found dead early Thursday morning.


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