Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and More Stars React to Devastating Nashville Tornadoes
By Paige Gawley
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Carrie Underwood and More Stars React to 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.'"
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."
Praying for everyone in Nashville and Middle Tennessee dealing with the aftermath of last night’s tornado. 🙏🏻I’m just heartbroken and saying special prayers for the families who lost loved ones. 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."
I’m thankful for the well wishes here in Nashville from everyone. There are people that have lost loved ones and their homes. 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.
My god. I used to 2 blocks from here. Beautiful neighborhood and amazing people. This is awful. https://t.co/VXV0sSwKBj
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."
We are ok. I’m in New York and Maren and our house are fine, but our neighborhood is not. Places we have loved for many years don’t look like they are there any more. We are so thankful and devastated at the same time.
The iconic “I Believe In Nashville” murals started popping up after the big flood ten years ago. It’s stood as a symbol of resilience and togetherness. We are heartbroken for our community after last nights tragic tornado, but know that together we will rise up and rebuild again! pic.twitter.com/WlDutCaHhw
My family and I are safe and sound, but this morning reveals terrible damage to this beautiful city. Lives lost. Homes, schools, & businesses destroyed. Our hearts and prayers go out to those most deeply affected, and soon our hands will. Nashville will rise and lift the broken.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Nashville area affected by the tornado last night. Even if the tornado didn’t hit our personal space, we are all affected because we are Nashvillians. My heart… https://t.co/S6dpfGfgg1
Prayers for Nashville and middle Tennessee who were in the path of devastating tornadoes causing several deaths and significant damage. Terrible to wake up to, praying especially for those who have lost loved ones. https://t.co/IqzrqGUcoM
Our hometown of Hendersonville was spared by the awful band of storms last night but East Nashville Mt Juliet and much of Lebanon were hit hard by tornados ... 9 dead thus far ... huge damage ... #PrayersForNashville#prayersforTN
The dogs, our home and I are safe. Thank you to everyone who reached out. My thoughts are with those who lost their homes and businesses during this crazy tornado. The storms aren’t over so stay safe and sheltered, Nashville 🙏
My heart and prayers go out to those affected by the devastating tornado in Nashville. If there’s a city that will conquer adversity, it is the city of music. Yesterday, today, and every day forward, #ibelieveinnashville ♥️ xoP
Me and my fam are safe but many friends aren’t so lucky. We did live right in one of the worst hit spots a matter of months ago. It’s so crazy. I’m so nervous to find out who the fatalities are. Nashville is so tight knit. 💔 I’m gonna help in any way I can. https://t.co/kfzGmtbixI