Like everyone, celebrities have been glued to their TVs for updates about the storms that have wreaked havoc in the Midwest, especially the tornado that leveled Moore, Okla., Monday and killed 24 people.
But for those with personal ties to the Sooner State, the storm has had an even more profound effect. Below are a few of their sentiments:
“This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. 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.” — Toby Keith, in a statement
“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.” — Carrie Underwood, via Twitter
“All my prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma dealing with these tornadoes. Stay safe everyone!!!!” – Reba McEntire, via Twitter
“Praying for my fellow Oklahomans! Please everyone, pray for Oklahoma!” – Kristin Chenoweth, via Twitter
“#PrayForOklahoma. Pray for everyone devastated by these storms, but especially for those families in Moore, Okla., right now. … God, wrap your arms around this community.” –Trisha Yearwood, via Facebook
“Awoke this morning with a broken heart for my home state of Oklahoma. Praying for the families affected by this devastating storm. Praying for search and rescue teams as they continue to pull people from the rubble. May the numbers get smaller and smaller today. May more and more lost loved ones be found. There’s no greater place on earth and no greater people. Okies always rise up, press on and persevere, no matter what. May hope arise in the Heartland today. … God bless Oklahoma. … Please donate to The American Red Cross today ” – country singer Bryan White, via Facebook