Hurricane Florence updates: 34 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 34 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-four people have died as a result of Florence with 26 of those deaths in North Carolina. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado, the first fatality attributed to Florence not in the Carolinas.. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and…

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Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam

Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam

Updated 2:36 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man is accused of stealing hurricane victim’s identities as part what the Secret Service describes as an $8 million effort to scam a Federal Emergency Management Agency program. News outlets reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tare Stanley Okirika is accused of registering unique pre-paid debit cards under stolen identities. A Secret Service affidavit says Okirika used stolen Social Security and personal identifying information from…

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Hurricane Florence leads to hospital wedding proposal

Hurricane Florence leads to hospital wedding proposal

Perry Lee Hewett recently proposed to Mable Louise Hill after both were admitted to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. (Source: NovantHealth.org) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man and a woman admitted into a Brunswick County hospital are happy to be together, but they’re not quite ready to tie the knot… yet.  Perry Lee Hewett recently proposed to Mable Louise Hill after both were admitted to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia on September 14,…

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Target to donate $1.5M to help Florence victims

Target to donate $1.5M to help Florence victims

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Target has committed up to $1.5 million to help communities after Florence struck North Carolina and South Carolina, causing catastrophic floods and leaving thousands of homes destroyed and families displaced.   Target said $1 million of their donation wil go to non-profit organizations, including Team Rubicon for disaster cleanup and recovery, GlobalGiving in support of various local nonprofits, and more as they access the need of the communities in the coming…

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Police identify mother killed after tree fell on home during Florence

Police identify mother killed after tree fell on home during Florence

The Wilmington Police Department has released the identity of a mother who, along with her infant child, was killed after a tree crashed into their home during Hurricane Florence. (Source: NBC Nightly News) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department has released the identity of a mother who, along with her infant child, was killed after a tree crashed into her home during Hurricane Florence. Lesha Patrice Johnson, 41, and her eight-month-old child died…

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Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florencefrom a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sunday even as the storm had “weakened” further. – Advertisement – People like Mills can be lulled into thinking a hurricane is less dangerous when…

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Florence drowns 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens. The numbers are expected to rise.

Florence drowns 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens. The numbers are expected to rise.

The number of hogs and poultry killed in Hurricane Florence flooding is already double the casualties from Matthew in 2016, and the losses are expected to mount this week as new information comes in from farmers as they gain access to their properties. Meanwhile, the number of hog waste lagoons in North Carolina that are damaged or overflowing continues to increase. The N.C. Department Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday that so far 3.4 million…

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More NC hog lagoons are breached and overflowing as Florence flood waters rise

More NC hog lagoons are breached and overflowing as Florence flood waters rise

State authorities said Tuesday the number of hog lagoons in the state that are overflowing and spilling is double the amount counted Monday afternoon as new information comes in from the field. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality reports that four of the open air pits that store hog waste have structural damage, up from two known pits whose retaining walls have breached. The agency said 13 are overflowing from heavy rainfall and 55 are…

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Planet Fitness opens doors to Florence victims

Planet Fitness opens doors to Florence victims

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Planet Fitness is opening 39 locations in North Carolina and South Carolina for anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence free of charge. The fitness chain will have 34 clubs in North Carolina and five clubs in South Carolina where anyone in impacted communities can utilize showers, fitness equipment, massage chairs, electrical outlets and more. LINK: How to help those affected by Hurricane Florence Doors will remain open starting Tuesday, Sept. 18…

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Carolina Hurricanes hosting Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

Carolina Hurricanes hosting Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday began accepting items donated to a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive. Anyone donating items to the fund will receive vouchers for two tickets to either the Canes’ Sept. 19 preseason game against Tampa Bay or the Sept. 21 game against Washington.The Hurricanes also announced Tuesday that they will offer a limited number of $40 lower-level tickets to two regular-season games — Oct. 7 against the New York Rangers and Oct. 9…

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North Carolina investigating 650 Hurricane Florence price gouging complaints

North Carolina investigating 650 Hurricane Florence price gouging complaints

Tropical Storm Florence is flooding North Carolina with more than just water. State officials have begun investigating more than 600 reports of price gouging in the wake of the storm, which hit the coast as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday morning. Price gouging is illegal during disasters and disaster recovery. Its definition under North Carolina law is somewhat ambiguous — there are plenty of economic factors that inspectors must consider, both pro and con,…

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Begin detour here: Your Triangle guide to Florence road closings

Begin detour here: Your Triangle guide to Florence road closings

Traffic around much of the Triangle returned to normal Tuesday as floodwaters receded and roads reopened. Chatham, Orange and Durham officials reported that a few roads in each county remained impassable, either because of flooding or damage to the roadway or bridges. While most of the damage could be resolved over the next week, some areas will remain closed a month or more until repairs can be made, N.C. Department of Transportation officials said. Avoid…

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Michael Jordan, Hornets donate $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief efforts

Michael Jordan, Hornets donate $2 million to Hurricane Florence relief efforts

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — North Carolina icon Michael Jordan is joining with the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA family to provide “necessary and immediate relief and support to those affected by Hurricane Florence.”It was announced Tuesday that Jordan is donating $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund. RELATED: Live Hurricane Florence coverage: Mother, infant among storm-related deaths On Friday, more than 100 members of…

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Port City Community Church opens doors for hurricane relief supply drive

Port City Community Church opens doors for hurricane relief supply drive

Volunteers from the Port City Community Church during their hurricane relief supply drive. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As Hurricane Florence relief efforts continued today, Port City Community Church reopened their doors to the public. They weren’t open for church services today, but instead, a different type of service. They passed out free supplies to people in the community. They had an assembly line of supplies including water, fruit, non perishable snacks, meals ready…

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Cooper Says North Carolina Death Toll From Florence Reaches 26

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed there have been 26 deaths attributed to Florence, raising the number of deaths in the Carolinas attributed to Florence to at least 32. “We know North Carolina families and friends of these victims are suffering, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them,” Cooper said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. The Department of Public Safety website showed eight additional deaths in more counties around the state, including two…

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NC nurses called to volunteer in wake of Hurricane Florence

NC nurses called to volunteer in wake of Hurricane Florence

Nurses are in high demand in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is asking any nurses who can volunteer to step forward. .@NCDHHS @SecMandyCohen: Nurses who can volunteer, please step forward. Register with the Red Cross or register with the state if you have a team that is able to serve. Get more details on NCDHHS website. — NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 18, 2018 Individual nurses…

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Air Wilmington sees influx of response aircraft filled with supplies for hurricane relief

Air Wilmington sees influx of response aircraft filled with supplies for hurricane relief

One of the Coast Guard helicopters that landed at Air Wilmington to assist with hurricane relief. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A WECT crew got a first hand look at the tarmac at Air Wilmington Tuesday. Air Wilmington is where response helicopters and other aircraft have been arriving to bring supplies for hurricane relief to those in Southeastern NC. Tony Wright, the General Manager for Air Wilmington said they had about 80 aircraft fly…

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Hurricane Florence has moved on. What you need to know before returning home

Hurricane Florence has moved on. What you need to know before returning home

Did Gov. McMaster overreact to Hurricane Florence? Here is what he says After Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina and South Carolina coast, some people questioned if Gov. Henry McMaster overreacted by evacuating several SC counties. Here is how he responded in a press conference September 15, 2018.

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Here’s how the military is helping with historic SC flooding after Florence

Here’s how the military is helping with historic SC flooding after Florence

More than 6,000 active-duty military and National Guard members have fanned out across South Carolina to aid state and local authorities as the Pee Dee and Horry County experience historic flooding expected to worsen over the next week. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster warned Tuesday: “The water is not finished.” Hundreds have evacuated homes over the last few days in the Pee Dee and Horry County, and dozens have been rescued from rising flood waters, according…

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More than 100 local roads impacted by Florence

More than 100 local roads impacted by Florence

Bridge washes away, trapping tractor trailer in Chesterfield County (left). Road collapses beneath car in Horry County (right). Credit: Chesterfield County Sheriff/Horry County Fire & Rescue Bridge washes away, trapping tractor trailer in Chesterfield County (left). Road collapses beneath car in Horry County (right). Credit: Chesterfield County Sheriff/Horry County Fire & Rescue (FOX 46 WJZY) – Just because it’s sunny doesn’t mean Florence is through with us yet. North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson Jen…

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Floating fire ants clump into 'rafts' in Florence floodwaters in North Carolina

Floating fire ants clump into 'rafts' in Florence floodwaters in North Carolina

KINSTON, NC — During a flooding event like Hurricane Florence, floodwaters can be full of hazards: sewage, debris, animals and even floating clumps of fire ants. The Kinston Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing clumps of fire ants floating in the floodwaters on Sunday. They called the situation “a place you do not want to find yourself” and asked residents to stay safe. When floodwaters rise, the ants are able to group up…

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Trump expected to visit areas impacted by Florence

Trump expected to visit areas impacted by Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY/AP) – President Donald Trump is expected to come to North Carolina Wednesday to visit areas that have been affected by then-hurricane Florence.  North Carolina officials said even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas. Gov. Roy Cooper said 16 rivers are at major flood stage Tuesday with an additional three forecast…

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President Trump to visit Cherry Point as part of Florence tour

President Trump to visit Cherry Point as part of Florence tour

Sun Journal Staff Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 at 12:12 PM Sep 18, 2018 at 12:12 PM President Donald Trump is scheduled to tour storm-damaged areas of North Carolina on Wednesday, and that tour is scheduled to start at Cherry Point. There is no formal itinerary yet for the presidential visit except that Air Force One is expected to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Wednesday as the president begins his tour. For more updates, return to this website.

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Flooding expected to continue for days

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Flooding expected to continue for days

Rivers still rising; many roads still closed; ongoing rescue efforts PENDER COUNTY — Much of Southeastern North Carolina remains under water and isolated, officials said during a press conferences Tuesday morning. “We still encourage people who left the area to stay where you are,” New Hanover County Commissioners Chairman Woody White said. “We love you. We miss you. But access to Wilmington is still limited and is not improving.” “This is going to be a…

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The Latest: NC officials say flooding far from over

The Latest: NC officials say flooding far from over

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Latest on Florence’s lingering impact (all times local): 1:20 p.m. North Carolina officials say even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas. Gov. Roy Cooper says 16 rivers are at major flood stage Tuesday with an additional three forecast to peak Wednesday and Thursday. He says he knows for many North…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 317,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 317,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 317,000 are without power.As of 1:05 p.m., Tuesday, the statewide power outage total was 317,207. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. RELATED: What to do if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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More miles of I-95 in SC closed due to flooding

More miles of I-95 in SC closed due to flooding

More miles of northbound Interstate 95 in South Carolina, just south of the North Carolina line, have been closed due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, the S.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday morning. The closed northbound stretch now runs about 17 miles, from about mile marker 181 to mile marker 198, the Transportation Department said. On Monday, only nine miles of northbound I-95 in South Carolina were closed, from mile marker 181 to mile marker…

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How to get in and out of Wilmington after Florence road closures

How to get in and out of Wilmington after Florence road closures

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) — Two routes to Wilmington have been confirmed by the Highway Patrol, Mayor Bill Saffo explained in a press briefing Tuesday. ROUTE ONE: I-40 East to Exit 373 then NC 903 then west to US 421. ROUTE TWO: I-40 East to Exit 385 to NC 41West to US 421 South to Wilmington “Those are the two routes determined by the Highway Patrol to be safe and they have been driving. That’s not…

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Michael Jordan donates $2M to Florence relief

Michael Jordan donates $2M to Florence relief

Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to organizations aiding in the relief and recovery efforts, as part of the Hornets’ ongoing effort to assist residents who have suffered due to the devastation caused by Florence.  Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund. The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by…

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Danger remains in Florence’s aftermath even as blue skies appear

Danger remains in Florence’s aftermath even as blue skies appear

Under sunny skies Tuesday, North Carolina towns watched, with dread, as rivers continued to rise a day after Florence finally exited the state. The National Weather Service said Tuesday that the radar-estimated total rainfall from the storm was 8.04 trillion gallons, a record deluge in places. That water was responsible for some of the 26 confirmed deaths because of the storm. About 2,200 people have had to be rescued, according to Gov. Roy Cooper. Major…

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After Florence, this street shows the small margin between destruction and deliverance

After Florence, this street shows the small margin between destruction and deliverance

On one side of a two-lane country road a little ways south of Kinston, a man was walking through thigh-high water carrying loads of plastic boxes, packed to the top with clothes and other belongings that he salvaged from his flooded house. On the other side of the same road, another man surveyed the receding water, thankful that things weren’t worse for him. It was Sunday, two days after Hurricane Florence slowly churned through southeastern…

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Exclusive: Michael Jordan describes why Florence moved him to contribute $2 million

Exclusive: Michael Jordan describes why Florence moved him to contribute $2 million

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan thought about all the spots that made Wilmington home growing up and was moved to dramatic action. “You gotta take care of home,” Jordan told the Observer Tuesday, in an exclusive interview about his decision to contribute $2 million to relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Jordan was raised in the coastal city of Wilmington before moving on to star at North Carolina and in the…

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan makes huge Florence relief contribution

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan makes huge Florence relief contribution

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who grew up in now-hurricane ravaged Wilmington, is contributing $2 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The contribution will be in the form of $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas Florence Response Fund. The Red Cross is providing food and shelter to those displaced by the storm. The Foundation for the Carolinas directs funds to non-profits in North…

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Latest: Florence continues to torment NC with flooding, power outages

Latest: Florence continues to torment NC with flooding, power outages

Florence is out of the Carolinas but left a trail of misery in its wake, killing dozens of people, flooding critical areas and destroying property. Headlines: At least 33 people have been killed in the storm and its aftermath, including 26 in North Carolina. More than 2,600 people and nearly 600 animals have been rescued across the state. Fayetteville and Lumberton are both at risk for flooding.The Cape Fear River is expected to crest at…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 33 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 33 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-three people have died as a result of Florence with 26 of those deaths in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said. Governor Roy Cooper confirmed all the North Carolina deaths in a…

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A tree crew battles to clean up after Hurricane Florence, one house at a time

A tree crew battles to clean up after Hurricane Florence, one house at a time

Kathy Matthews awoke around 4:15 a.m. Monday to a tremendous crash and leapt to her window to find an 80-foot pine only feet from her face and barging into her kitchen. Six hours later, Umberto Castillo was on the other side of the window, astride the trunk, trying to figure out what to do about it with his chainsaw. It would take a crew of eight men, four trucks and a crane to get the…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 26 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-two people have died as a result of Florence with 26 of those deaths in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said. Governor Roy Cooper confirmed all the North Carolina deaths in a…

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Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho wants to have a 100-point season – but not all for himself

Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho wants to have a 100-point season – but not all for himself

Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes wants 100 or more points this season, which is ambitious and probably not what you think. It’s not 100 points for Aho, as in goals and assists. It’s 100 points for the Hurricanes, a team left out of the Stanley Cup playoffs the last nine years. “That’s my No. 1 goal,” Aho said in an interview at training camp. “I want our team to win more. I don’t want…

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Did Carolinas really have millions of floating fire ants during Hurricane Florence?

Did Carolinas really have millions of floating fire ants during Hurricane Florence?

Fox Carolina called it the Carolinas’ “post-hurricane horror.” Huge numbers of fire ants were reportedly forming “rafts” to escape Hurricane Florence’s flood waters, sending them floating down neighborhood streets, into yards. “I don’t think this is real,” one person commented on Facebook, seeming to echo what many others were saying about the stories. “Locally, haven’t heard a word.” Experts at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History beg to differ, however. Not only are floating…

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Florence flooding updates: 'Sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety' Gov. Cooper warns

Florence flooding updates: 'Sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety' Gov. Cooper warns

Cumberland County is bracing for potentially dangerous flooding Tuesday as the Cape Fear River crests in the morning, with amounts expected to exceed that which were seen during Hurricane Matthew. Downloading the ABC11 app is the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions from Florence. The rainfall that fell Monday night is accumulating in tributaries and flowing into the Little River and authorities are expecting as much as an inch of rain overnight….

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WATCH: Chopper11 HD provides an aerial view of the damage from Florence

WATCH: Chopper11 HD provides an aerial view of the damage from Florence

Hurricane Florence has passed, but the damage it left behind is significant.On Tuesday, Chopper11 HD flew over the affected cities across North Carolina to provide an aerial view after Florence hit. Exclusive first look at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Florence (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen to open for…

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen to open for…

Texas singer-songwriters Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will open for country music icon George Strait during his concert-only performance on Sunday, March 17, the final night of the 2019 Rodeo. “We are proud to close out the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with three of the Lone Star State’s most influential music artists,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO. “Bringing both Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett back to the RODEOHOUSTON stage…

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