Oklahoma was hit with a severe tornado yesterday (May 20) in the community of Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb. Country singer Toby Keith grew up in the neighborhoods that were hit, and he spoke with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper about hearing the news.

“So many tornadoes come through there but I don’t ever remember one hitting an elementary school right square on the button like this one did,” he said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It’s devastating. My sister’s house got hit. It’s a mile north of my mother’s house on the farm where I was raised.”

Keith took to Twitter to bring awareness to the tornado that struck his hometown.

“This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in,” he continued. “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.”

The tornado took 24 lives, including at least seven children when it hit a local elementary school, CBS News reports.

“You just gotta hope that everyone takes cover,” Keith said. “Oklahoma has great meteorologists and they prepare you for this. Oklahoma people are just so resilient and are used to dealing with this in the springtime. They did the best they could do, I’m sure.”

Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood also voiced her prayers on Twitter as did Miranda LambertBlake Shelton and Joe Diffie.

Many more country artists chimed in as well, including Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, and Trace Adkins, who each showed fans wanting to help easy ways that they can donate to the Red Cross and other organizations.

– Annie Reuter, Radio.com

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