As an Oklahoma native, Blake Shelton was hit hard by the devastation left in the wake of a deadly tornado that claim the lives of so many and tore through the lives of countless more.
The country crooner and his wife Miranda Lambert performed a touching tribute to remember victims of Monday's disastrous tornado — which smashed through town only 100 miles away from their home.
The married duo sang a touching rendition of Over You— originally written for his late brother— to begin the results show on Tuesday's The Voice in an effort to inspire viewers to donate to the Red Cross and relief efforts for victim's families and those who survived the powerful natural disaster.
In the wake of the storm, Blake will put on a concert with the help of NBC to aid victims.
The singing competition judge explained:
We're still in shock over the havoc the tornado has reeked in Oklahoma!
With the death toll at 24 and climbing, there is NO question the tornado that struck Oklahoma City suburbs — like Moore, Oklahoma — at more than 200mph was one of the most brutal tornados in history, but NOW we have footage of just how destructive the powerful natural killer was.
See the jaw-dropping videos of the lethal natural disaster and the painful aftermath…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
So, so sad!
In the wake of yesterday's tornado, Moore, the southernmost area of Oklahoma City, was “absolute chaos.”
Following the tornado’s destruction of two elementary schools — that left children trapped under the rubble — Emmy-winning reporter Lance West rushed to the scene to provide coverage for news station KFOR.
But even he couldn't keep from tearing up over the terrible destruction and rising death count.
"I've never seen anything like this in my 18 years covering tornadoes here in Oklahoma City. This is without question the most horrific — I've never seen…"
Ch-ch-check out the video (above) and listen to the heartbreaking report.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible tragedy.
One thing is certain — the tornado carnage that Moore, Oklahoma witnessed Monday has resulted in a gruesome number of injuries and deaths, more than any town should ever see.
While there seemed to be some conflict in the official death toll Tuesday morning, New York Times reports that Oklahoma City medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliot said at least 91 had died already.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that while the official death toll stands at 51, they have confirmed that 91 is the estimated number with a coroner's office official stating that some 40 bodies 'have yet to be processed by medical examiners - roughly half of them children.'
Hospitals report at least
This is so unbearably tragic!!
Mother nature struck Oklahoma with very little warning earlier today, demolishing good chunks of Oklahoma City suburbs and killing at least 37 people!!
With winds reportedly in excess of 200mph and with a base over a mile wide (above), there is an unfathomable amount of debris and destruction in the tornado's wake.
Glenn Lewis, the mayor of Moore — an outlier of OKC — said:
“The whole city looks like a debris field.”
It is likely way too early to properly get a handle on property damage and human causalities.
Our hearts break for the countless number of people affected by this vicious force of nature.
We will keep you updated as more information is gathered.
[Image via Twitter.]
Oh NO! This must have been so scary!
An El Lay-area wildfire has burned over 28,000 acres in two days and is threatening close to 4,000 homes, and it appears that Britney Spears' Calabasas residence may be one of them!
Apparently, he was spotted driving toward the flames and smoke yesterday afternoon…presumably to get her children Sean Preston and Jayden James and HIGH-TAIL IT OUTTA' THERE!
Witnesses saw the pop sensation and a bodyguard in her white Jaguar convertible as they