MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Storms moved through Memphis on Friday afternoon and shutdown Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest temporarily.
The weather was not technically severe, but the storms did contain heavy downpours, wind gusts, and lightning. Organizers said they made everyone leave the area, just to be safe.
"There was a report of a lightning strike-- it was nearby so again abundantly cautious," organizer Robert Griffin said.
The weather delay lasted more than three hours.
Competitors said they understood and weren't shocked that they had to evacuate the park.
"We've been run out of here by tornadoes before, and then came back," Gayle Skelton with Pages Pig Pen said.
Skelton said rain or shine her team is ready to bring the best for the judges.
Memphis in May released the following statement about the decision to evacuate Top Lee Park: