Celebrities with Oklahoma ties used Twitter to voice their concerns, reassure fans they were safe and request prayers for the state as a deadly tornado outbreak swept through Tuesday. At least five were killed, dozens were injured and many homes and businesses were destroyed as multiple twisters tore through Oklahoma.
Like many affected by the storms, Okie celebrities used social media to communicate during the outbreak.
Here’s what some of the high-profile Oklahomans posted on Twitter Tuesday night as the storms rolled through:
I am safe! Thanks all for the tweets. Please pray for Oklahoma.
- Edmond teen music star Greyson Chance (@greysonchance)
Now I’m in Oklahoma bracing for bad weather. Everybody stay safe.
- Owasso country star Trisha Yearwood, who had spent the day at St. Mary’s School in Cortland, N.Y., promoting music education. (@TYcom)
I hope everyone in Oklahoma is staying safe!! We’re thinking about you all!
- Oklahoma City-based rockers Hinder, who will play the Memorial Day weekend Rocklahoma festival in Pryor. (@hindermusic)
doing good, been lookin off the front porch tryin to see one
- Rodeo champ, “The Amazing Race” contestant and Ada resident Cord McCoy, tweeting to a follower who inquired about his family’s safety (@CordMcCoy)
I’m praying for all the people and animals in MO today and for the rest of the victims of these natural disasters.
- Country music star and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, extending her prayers to the victims of Joplin, Mo.’s devastating tornado earlier this week. (@Miranda_Lambert)
The Oklahoma City Thunder were in Dallas, where they’re playing Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals series with the Mavericks tonight, but they were still thinking about their fans back
I’m in Dallas really concerned wit this tornado talk in OKC……
- Eric Maynor (@EMaynor3)
Praying for everyone in OKC!!..hope those tornadoes don’t hit too crazy!!!!
- James Harden (@JHarden13)
Praying for everyone back in Oklahoma, that this storm won’t be to bad.
- Byron Mullens (@byron23james)
Praying everything goes well with everything in Oklahoma with all these tornado warnings in effect right now…….
- Daequan Cook (@DcookIsBack)
And country music star Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton), who coincidentally will be playing tornado benefit shows with tonight and Thursday in Durant, tweeted last night, “Hang on my Oklahoma and Kansas friends!!!! This is rough!!!!”
Shelton and fellow Oklahoma star Reba McEntire will perform the back-to-back benefits at Choctaw Event Center as part of the relief effort for the tiny Atoka County town of Tushka, which was hit April 14 by a deadly EF3 tornado.
It’s been a tough spring, but these shows should bring hope as well as funds to southeastern Oklahomans.
Shelton, a prolific Twitter user, also tweeted today a warning for those who will be attending tonight’s concert: “To all the people coming to see me and @Reba tonight in Durant, Ok… Although this is a benefit for tornado relief, I may be drinking..”
Look for my review of the show in the wee hours of Thursday here at BAM’s Blog and at NewsOK.