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Major monsoon storm impacts Mike Pence rally in Downtown Phoenix

Although some people were shut out because they were late due to the storm, there were plenty of people on hand to listen to what Mike Pence had to say. (Source: @Mike_Pence via Twitter) Although some people were shut out because they were late due to the storm, there were plenty of people on hand to listen to what Mike Pence had to say. (Source: @Mike_Pence via Twitter)
Pence told supporters in Phoenix he and Donald Trump will bring no-nonsense leadership to the White House. (SourcE: KPHO/KTVK) Pence told supporters in Phoenix he and Donald Trump will bring no-nonsense leadership to the White House. (SourcE: KPHO/KTVK)
Speaking before the GOP candidate for vice president took the stage, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio called Pence "a winner." (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Speaking before the GOP candidate for vice president took the stage, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio called Pence "a winner." (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Mike Pence and Donald Trump (Source: AP Photo) Mike Pence and Donald Trump (Source: AP Photo)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The wet weather had an impact on a rally for the GOP's candidate for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, at the Phoenix Convention Center downtown. 

The rain and wind picked up right before the doors were set to open Tuesday. Some people who showed up late to the event as a result of the weather told us they were not allowed inside.

"This is what we call a gully washer or a frog strangler," said a man who called himself Buffalo Rick. "We really need the rain. It's Arizona; we've got to have a little water every once in a while."

READ: Monsoon flooding sparks Valley water rescues, closes I-17 

SLIDESHOW: Storms in the Valley and statewide

A sun shade usually used to keep the car cool became a makeshift umbrella for one person caught off guard by the storm. Other people got creative, too, using signs and shopping bags to shield themselves from the sudden storm. Even some umbrellas couldn't stand a chance against the wind; we saw one woman walking with a broken one. 

"It's holding up a lot of people from getting here so I would like to see a lot more folks down here," Rick said at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Some men showed up with signs outside, questioning whether Donald Trump has read the Constitution. Still, many supporters of the Trump/Pence ticket missed the curtain call. 

"We were told that the doors were closed," said Sandi Allison. She and her husband were locked out once 7 o'clock hit. She was surprised there wasn't any leeway given the turn of events.

"There was the storms tonight; we had trouble, traffic, getting here," Allison said.

RELATED: GOP VP candidate Mike Pence: What you need to know

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