George Strait joins Texas governor in Harvey-battered town

George Strait arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

ROCKPORT, Texas  — Country superstar George Strait has offered messages of encouragement to his neighbors in a South Texas town battered by Hurricane Harvey.

Strait was joined by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday in Rockport, a town of about 10,000 near where Harvey made landfall Aug. 25.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports about 2,000 people turned out to see Abbott and Strait, who wore a cap with the name Fulton on it. Fulton is a nearby town also hit by Harvey.

Strait says he and his wife have owned a home in the Rockport area for years, they like it just the way it was and “want to help get it back there.”

Strait and Abbott signed autographs while outside a hardware store in Rockport, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi.