Rainstorm causes problems for media set up outside for Super Bowl

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 4:04 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Wednesday morning's rainstorm made covering everything about Super Bowl 47 a bit of a challenge for the media outlets in New Orleans for Super Bowl week.

Fortunately, the visiting media knew the cold front was coming and had time to prepare in order to save their equipment and keep broadcasting.

But the heavy rain, though brief, did cause some ponding of water at broadcasting locations like the mock-city built by DIRECTV at the end of Convention Center Boulevard. Observers said the windy rainstorm managed to start a water leak down the inside wall of one of the studios.

Various networks set up temporary broadcasting facilities in locations from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to CBS Super Bowl Park in Jackson Square. When the showers threatened, crews rushed to wrap plastic around expensive and vulnerable electronic equipment, including lights and cameras, to keep it from getting wet.

Some operations kept broadcasting, with their crews and on-air personalities huddling under tents. In some cases, clear plastic sheets were put up to stop the rain drops while still giving audiences a view of New Orleans.

The cold rain was blown in by gusty winds at the height of the morning rush hour, breaking umbrellas on Canal Street and sending visitors and workers scrambling to find shelter.

Immediately the temperature began dropping from the low 70s into the 60s, and before noon, into the 50s.

The bad weather was moving out by Wednesday afternoon and the skies should be clear to partly cloudy through Super Bowl Sunday.

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