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Alexia Fernandez
September 11, 2017 04:00 PM

Janet Jackson had a special surprise for fans who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The star took to Twitter last Wednesday to confirm the news that she would be performing in Houston despite the devastation left in the area by the hurricane and the storm that followed.

“We’re going to roll in early because we wanted to visit some of the shelters,” she said. “And not just visit some of the shelters, we also want to do something special. So, we’ll see you Friday!”

The singer also posted a note this week on Instagram as she visited shelters in Houston, in which she reflected upon other disasters currently taking place in the world that we “can’t give up hope now… let’s weather the storm together.”

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The day after kicking off her State of the World tour in Lafayette, Louisiana on Sept. 7, Jackson became the first major artist to perform in Houston following the storm.

The energy was high from both the audience and Janet as she performed hit after hit including “Rhythm Nation,” “If,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Miss You Much” and so many more. She even mixed her own hit “What Have You Done for Me Lately” with Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” 

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Thousands of Texas residents sought shelter across states after Harvey made landfall last week. Floodwaters overtook entire neighborhoods, damaging at least 49,000 homes in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In all, some 785,000 people were part of mandatory evacuations in Texas and Lousiana, and more than 200,000 homes are still without power.

While Houston and Beaumont are just a few cities in Texas facing reconstruction, the nation is bracing itself to be hit by another major storm again.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, has destroyed the majority of Caribbean islands St. Martin and Barbuda, and is expected to hit Florida overnight Saturday and into Sunday.

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At least six people have died in the French part of St. Martin, according to The Guardian.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered in Miami-Dade County for Thursday morning. This is the first in 12 years, and is directed toward more than 100,000 residents mobile homes, barrier islands and other areas, according to The Miami Herald.

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