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Lester Holt cancels NBC 'Nightly News’ from Tampa, heads for Panhandle

The realities of breaking news have interrupted Lester Holt’s planned NBC Nightly News broadcast from Tampa that was to be part of the anchor’s Across America tour.

Holt will instead report tonight from Panama City in the Florida Panhandle, where Nightly News is covering Hurricane Michael.

Tonight’s broadcast was set to feature reporting from the Tampa Bay area on Red Tide and other local stories, Holt said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

An NBC News spokesman said it was “disappointing,” but that Holt would return to the area in the future.

Holt is still scheduled to appear at the Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball on Dec. 8 in St. Petersburg.

MORE: Storm surge and heavy rain still a concern for in Tampa Bay

MORE: Hurricane Michael intensifies to 145mph winds en route to Panhandle

MORE: Lester Holt says ‘it’s important to get out there’

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