Country Singers Send Thoughts, Prayers as Hurricane Harvey Batters Texas [Pictures]
Miranda Lambert and other native Texans are among the country singers sending out prayers to Texas as Hurricane Harvey batters the ravaged coast and moves inland.
Lambert turned to Twitter on Friday (Aug. 25) to share her well wishes for her fellow Texans, writing, "Pray for Texas," accompanied by a praying icon and the hashtag #HurricaneHarvey.
Texans Lee Ann Womack, RaeLynn, Josh Abbott Band and Wade Bowen are among the other country singers who turned to social media to share their thoughts and prayers as the storm hit the Gulf Coast of Texas Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane.
ABC News reports that Harvey struck with torrential rain and winds of up to 130 mph, devastating the town of Rockport, where one person is confirmed dead. Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm as of Saturday afternoon (Aug. 26), but the National Weather Service still warned of a "serious flooding event unfolding" inland over Texas, according to ABC, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is warning residents that there are more torrential rains to come, with flooding a major issue all over the regions that have been hit. Officials believe more casualties are likely as the storm continues to batter the Lone Star State in the coming days.
Blake Shelton, Chris Janson, and Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley are among the other country singers who shared prayers and well wishes for the beleaguered residents of Texas. Lady A were among the acts who had to cancel shows due to Hurricane Harvey; the trio canceled their gig scheduled for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston on Sunday (Aug. 27) due to safety concerns.
Gov. Abbott says despite the difficult circumstances, the evacuees he's met with are survivors, and he feels confident the state will bounce back.
"They are what I call typical Texans. They were resilient, they were strong, they were strong-spirited, they were happy," he told reporters at a press conference Saturday afternoon. "They were just happy to be there and be alive."
The staff of Taste of Country sends our thoughts and prayers out to everyone in Texas during this difficult time.
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