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Thousands brave heat, storms for Florida Georgia Line concert in Hartford

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Traffic lined up Thursday afternoon ahead of the Florida Georgia Line concert. (WFSB) Traffic lined up Thursday afternoon ahead of the Florida Georgia Line concert. (WFSB)
Florida Georgia Line. (Wikicommons photo) Florida Georgia Line. (Wikicommons photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

They may be a duo, but a popular country music group is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to Hartford Thursday afternoon.

Police have warned drivers that Florida Georgia Line is coming to the Xfinity Theater on Thursday and the concert could cause some traffic delays on the city's streets and highways.

Officers told Eyewitness News that they expect 20,000 people to attend the show.

Traffic started to back up by about 4 p.m. and is expected to last through 8 p.m.

Storms were moving through the state on Thursday afternoon, impacting those who were out tailgating before the show, but many said they were having a great time regardless.

"Rain, they always say you don't melt in the rain, so just come out have the right clothes and we'll be good to go," said Jonathan Manor of Rocky Hill.

Aside from the rain, concert-goers had to contend with the heat and humidity on Thursday as well.

Tina Varona, of Hartford Hospital, said they are always ready at any given moment for an influx of patients.

Saint Francis said they have a well-staffed emergency department and are aware that there is a concert going on.

Usually, AMR staff is on standby at the concert venue. AMR officials said on Thursday that they are "upstaffed" for the concert. They have 40 EMTs, paramedics, and supervisors at the venue.

AMR also increased safety precautions and staffing for the city as well.

Police officers have been out at the venue trying to ease the traffic congestion, and they will likely be out there all night.

To keep an eye on them, watch the WFSB traffic map here.

The show itself begins at 8 p.m., according to the Xfinity Theater's website.

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