- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals officials have reopened the gates after delaying the event because of strong storms.

Festival spokeswoman Kate Sarphie says the festival was reopened around 3 p.m. Sunday. The delay came as bolts of lightning and rain poured onto the Fair Grounds.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Pitbull and Lorde are expected to take the stage to close out the first weekend.

This year’s festival also honors Cuban culture. That means Cuban music and culture will be featured throughout the two weekends of the festival.

The National Weather Service says there was a risk of severe thunderstorms. The weather service says the main threats could be damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and heavy rainfall of about 2 to 4 inches.

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