VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Despite billing itself as a "rain or shine" event, Friday's severe storms across Hampton Roads proved too much for the first day of the Something in the Water Festival.
Organizers sent out an update on their app stating "Due to the impact caused by severe weather at the beach venue, we are unable to put on a show tonight. Can't wait to see you tomorrow."
Virginia Beach's city manager had hoped the festival would start by 8 p.m.
Event organizers also tweeted that ticket holders will receive partial refunds, with more details soon to come in an email.
"The weather wasn’t great today but it’s clearing up and we’re excited to see you first thing in the morning," Pharrell tweeted.
Festival organizers said the opening of doors for 'Something in the Water' is delayed due to inclement weather. The festival venue is also closed until further notice.
Organizers said severe weather is incoming, so guests need to seek shelter. The festival venue is closed until further notice. People were asked to calmly disperse from the beach and boardwalk.
In a tweet, Something in the Water announced that safety is their #1 priority.
The winds from Friday's storm appeared to do some damage to the Adidas Creator Park at the festival:
Something in the Water organizers also said the Park + Ride at the Amphitheater is being held until further notice, but events at the Virginia Beach Convention Center will continue as planned.
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