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National Memorial Day Concert shut down by thunderstorms

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 26: Trace Adkins performs during the 2012 PBS National Memorial Day concert rehearsal at the U.S. Capital, West Lawn on May 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Trace Adkins performs during the 2012 PBS National Memorial Day concert rehearsal on May 26, 2012, in Washington.
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(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - The National Memorial Day Concert was cut short due to a line of thunderstorms that moved into the District of Columbia on Sunday night.

About halfway into the show, an annual event on Washington's National Mall, host Gary Sinise told the audience there was a severe weather warning and advised concertgoers to leave and seek shelter.

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Mike Musher of the National Weather Service says the thunderstorms developed over Pennsylvania as part of the weather system that created record high temperatures in the Midwest on Sunday.

The Memorial Day concert, broadcast by PBS, features songs from pop and country performers, patriotic music from military bands and stories of heroic acts by U.S. troops. Country singer Trace Adkins and rock band Daughtry had already performed before the plug was pulled Sunday.