As Hurricane Harvey continues to pound Texas, leaving devastating flooding in its wake, celebrities are joining the rest of America by offering their support and prayers for the safety of all who live in the distressed Gulf Coast state.
Superstar songbird Cher, 71, took to Twitter to say, “Sending love and prayers to all Texans! Lived in Galveston & Burleson. Toured state for 50 yrs. Silkwood in Dallas. HAVE LOVED ONES IN TEXAS.”
Powerful Harvey is one of the biggest storms to hit Texas in a decade. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said more than 20 inches of rain had hit the Corpus Christi area, with up to 30 inches more to come.
And 42-year-old Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria posted, “God Bless all the Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and prayers to my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.”
Corpus Christi needs all the prayers it can get. Harvey made landfall near the Gulf side city as a potentially deadly Category 4 storm.
Veteran newsman Dan Rather is also a native of the Lone Star State. He was born in Wharton, Texas, and is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University.
The respected journalist, 85, tweeted constant updates as the storm ravaged the land.
As nonstop rain caused catastrophic flooding with no end in sight, he posted, “Thinking of Houston and others in my home country, The Texas coast. Hurricane Hell, now with rain of biblical proportions.”
Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, 52, offered sage advice on her Twitter page.
The Children of a Lesser God actress said, “Those in path of #HurricaneHarvey please stay safe. Reach out to @RedCross for updates & shelter info.”
Heavyweight champ George Foreman, 68, briefly tweeted his own status, “Weather not good in Houston, but we are doing well so far,” before concentrating on the much-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Another proud Texan, Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall was born in Galveston. Famous for his signature, “Here’s your sign,” jokes and as a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars, the 60-year-old funnyman was concerned enough to post on both his Facebook and Twitter pages.
He tweeted, “To all my family, friends and fans in Texas and all areas affected by Harvey stay safe. Praying for your safety.”
And on Facebook, he said, “To all my friends, family and fans in Texas, be sure to check-in on Facebook when you can and let your loved ones know you're safe. We’re all praying for everyone’s safety during #HurricaneHarvey.”