To Hurricane Ian swept across Florida and traveled along the coast, the devastation it left in its wake was felt first hand by many “American Idol” Stars, from those who are being forced to cancel events to others who hail from Florida and are still assessing the damage with their families. Here are the details on how the cataclysmic storm is affecting the cast and alumni of “Idol.”
Previous finalists have come from the hardest-hit areas
As rescue efforts continue, initial assessments show that Lee Country was hardest hit. Liston Bochette, Fort Myers Mayor pro tempore and City Council member, said CNN that the hurricane “torn the community apart.” Large parts of the city have no electricity, no clean water, and the computers that run the sewers are down.
At noon on September 29, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno tweeted aerial photos of the damage and wrote, “We are devastated.”
Bishop shared posts and comments from many supporters about the album throughout the day on September 28, but also released a video of whipping winds blowing the trees and wind chimes in a backyard, with someone shouting “Oh, sh**! ‘ exclaimed. At the time of publication, she had not shared further about the storm’s impact on her community.
Vonzell “Baby V” Solomon, who placed third in Season 4, grew up in Fort Myers and still has many friends and relatives in the area. She updated fans via her Instagram Stories, asking for prayers for her hometown. in a story She wrote: “I have heard from most of my family members that they are safe. Thank you everyone for your prayer calls and text messages. Hurricane Ian is still heading towards North Florida. The storm surge is insane!”
Now a native of Naples Paige Miles, who placed 11th in Season 9 and still sings for a living, didn’t update her Instagram or Twitter feeds after the hurricane.
Luke Bryan, David Cook cancel concerts
Even before Hurricane Ian hit the United States, Idol judge Luke Bryan’s team knew the damage would probably be too great to safely host major concerts in the state.
According to Country Now, Luke has postponed three concerts in Florida. He will no longer perform on September 29 in Estero, Fla., September 30 in West Palm Beach, or October 1 in Tampa. The shows are over now postponed for the first week of November, and those unable to attend will receive a full refund.
In anticipation of the storm that’s hitting the shore, Season 7 winner David Cook has canceled shows in Black Mountain, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. Instead, he will be hosting a live stream benefit concert on Mandolin on October 1 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. All ticket sales will go to the Americares Foundation’s Hurricane Ian Relief Fund.
Here’s how you can help
In a Sept. 29 Instagram post, the American Red Cross said 33,000 people had spent the night in hundreds of their shelters across the state of Florida. Many may not have homes to return to given the damage from wind and flooding. It is also not known how many people stayed in their homes and were stranded.
Over 700 of their trained disaster workers are ready to begin relief efforts, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known. Financial donations, which are currently the best way to help, are possible the Red Cross website.
GlobalGiving has now established one Hurricane Ian Relief Fundwith a goal of raising $1 million to help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.
In addition, the Paws Humane Society in Georgia has already rescued and taken in 39 animals from Florida and established one special donation section on their website to help them continue to save people’s pets.
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