Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and More Stars React to Devastating Nashville Tornadoes

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Celebrities are reaching out to Nashville, Tennessee, after tornadoes devastated the city and some of its suburbs early Tuesday morning. According to authorities, at least 19 people have died across four counties and an undetermined number missing as a result of the tornadoes. Search and rescue efforts are still underway.

Carrie Underwood was on Tuesday morning's Today show and spoke out about how her family dealt with the storms. The country singer and her husband, Mike Fisher, a former player for the Nashville Predators, live in Nashville with their sons, Jacob, 1, and Isaiah, 5.

"I think that's what everyone's doing right now is assessing [the damage]," she said. "And I'm texting people I know and I'm asking my husband, 'Everybody's good?' He said he had to go upstairs at 2 a.m. and take them down to the safe room. I was like, 'I bet everybody was crying.'"

Ryan Seacrest took to Twitter to write that he's "thinking about my family, friends, and colleagues affected by the Nashville tornado."

"My heart is with the entire community as they recover from the devastation #IBelieveInNashville," he added.

Reese Witherspoon, who grew up in Nashville, took to Twitter to write that she's "praying for everyone in Nashville and Middle Tennessee dealing with the aftermath."

"I’m just heartbroken and saying special prayers for the families who lost loved ones," she wrote. "Please stay safe."

Jake Owen also commented, writing on Twitter that he's "thankful for the well wishes" that people are sending to Nashville.

"There are people that have lost loved ones and their homes," he wrote. "We as NASHVILLE will stand together and help anyone and everyone in need. That’s why I’m proud to live here and call it home."

On Instagram, Dierks Bentley revealed that he landed at a Nashville airport shortly before tornadoes hit the area.

"Glad we landed when we did. Wouldn’t have been so good an hour later. It was the cell that turned into the tornado," he wrote. "Lot of people lost their homes, including our drummer, and a lot of people in need. But no one comes together as a city like #nashville does."

Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, who lives in Nashville with her boyfriend, Jason Tartick, revealed that she used to live two blocks from one of the most devastated areas. "Beautiful neighborhood and amazing people," she wrote. "This is awful."

Tartick also posted about the devastation, revealing that he and Bristowe were out on the town when the tornado hit. "While we woke up this morning safe and sound, the greater community of Nashville woke up in state of disarray and tragedy," he wrote in part.

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Thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on Kaitlyn, Ramen, Pinot and I. Kaitlyn and I were out celebrating an Edmonton win over Nashville with friends and karaoke. Around 1:00AM the bar staff quickly went into a panic rushing to close up. While we were confused, it all made sense as soon thereafter we could hear loud sirens outside followed by the Tornado warning notifications beeping on all of our phones. This was my first experience in a tornado and I had no idea what was happening but I could see Kaitlyn immediately knew exactly how devastating this could be. We rushed home and spent several hours locked in the first floor bathroom. While we woke up this morning safe and sound, the greater community of Nashville woke up in state of disarray and tragedy. This tornado has taken 22 lives, hospitalized at least 30 and has impacted 50,000+ residents. Forecasters are saying this tornado was an EF-3. Tornadoes estimated to be an EF-3 are considered to be severe, with winds between 136 and 165 mph. Seeing these pictures in my story and reading the articles this morning has been absolutely heart breaking. We are praying for Nashville and everyone that was impacted last night.

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The Bold Type star Katie Stevens, who tied the knot with Paul DiGiovanni just outside of Nashville last year, wrote that she's "devastated to see the tornado destruction in Nashville."

Married country stars Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd wrote that they're OK after the storms, though the tornado "must have missed our block by an inch."

"We are alright but I am so depleted looking at the damage that has happened to our beautiful city," Morris wrote. "There are so many people in the streets helping already, though. Thinking of those who lost their loved ones + homes."

"Places we have loved for many years don’t look like they are there any more," Hurd added. "We are so thankful and devastated at the same time."

Keep reading for more reactions to the tornadoes.

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