Toby Keith says Okla. hometown is 'resilient'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes are a part of life in Moore, Okla., something country star Toby Keith was reminded of when a deadly, devastating one leveled parts of his hometown on Monday.

"It's happened so many times through my life, I've been in so many," Keith said in a phone interview Tuesday. "During my life, probably on average every four or five years, you probably have one that's devastating. ... It affects you, somebody you know, every time."

This time it affected his sister, Tonni.

Keith flew out of the Moore area at about noon, and said the gathering clouds on the western horizon gave him a bad feeling. After he arrived in his Nashville recording studio Monday afternoon, he watched the storm system on an iPad app. So when he saw the tornado rolling down Fourth Street through his old neighborhood and toward his sister's house, he picked up the phone to warn her.

"She said, 'We're safe. We're south of it, but we can see it,'" Keith recalled. "She was at my mother's about a mile away. I said, 'Well, good.' Then she got to watch it go right through her neighborhood."

Keith said he had tornadoes pass a few miles to the north and south of his house on consecutive days.

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