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Fan fest in Natal cancelled as heavy rains wreak havoc

Jun 13, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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The United States is scheduled to open its World Cup journey against Ghana in Netal on Monday, but the city has weathered heavy rains and is in rough shape.

If the match between Mexico and Cameroon is any indication of the weather in Natal, it could be a wet start for the Stars and Stripes.

As El Tri put on an attacking display, the beach was a mess. As you can see below, O Globo’s twitter account sent out a picture of the beach in Natal, where mud covered cars after gobs of rain swamped the region.

According to, there is a 50-60% chance of rain every day from now until Tuesday, meaning the US could be playing in the wet as well.

The FIFA-sanctioned fan fest was meant to be a gathering of those making the trip to Brazil, and one was held in every host city across Brazil.

  1. patriotsdefense - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Just watched a BeIN Sports preview of Group G, and it had a piece on Natal. They had city officals talking about how this was a huge thing for Natal, and how Natal above the rest of Brazil would benefit from the WC. Apparently tourism is a huge part of their economy.

    What a pitty.

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