As the world continues to learn new details of the horrifying EF4 tornado that devastated large portions of Oklahoma yesterday, celebrities local to the area have been offering support and condolences - in particular to the shattered city of Moore.
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in," said country singer Toby Keith, whose name appears on the Moore water tower. "I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all."
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper yesterday, Keith also praised the meteorologists and forecasters of Oklahoma for saving countless lives.
"Oklahoma's really good," he said. "Great meteorologists. Have great weather centers and they prepare you for this. The numbers could be much much higher."
Carrie Underwood, born in Muskogee, Okla., also expressed heartbreak at the news, tweeting: "Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen...it doesn't change how devastating it is when something does happen. I'm thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight."
Some additional tweets of support from celebs around the web:
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by today's devastating tornados in Oklahoma.— Al Gore (@algore) May 20, 2013
I just want to send my love to anyone who lives in the path of these storms. First Texas, now Oklahoma. You're all in our thoughts.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2013
The devastation through my home state of Oklahoma is staggering. All of my prayers are w/the victims, especially all those little kids. XOX— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) May 21, 2013
Hunker down, Oklahoma.Sorry you're going through this.It's this random, wild planet.REDCROSS to 90999— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 21, 2013
My heart hurts for Oklahoma.. Praying for everyone affected by the tornados.— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) May 21, 2013
So much going on in the world...I'm saddened by the devastating news… My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected #PrayForOklahoma— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) May 21, 2013
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