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Toby Keith Says Oklahoma Hometown Is 'Strong'

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP/CBS) - Country music performer Toby Keith said he was raised in the area near Oklahoma City that was hit by a devastating tornado.

Keith issued a statement saying Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, devastated the community in which he grew up.

The city has embraced Keith's celebrity, and his name is on the Moore water tower.

Keith said he remembers riding his bicycle through the stricken neighborhoods. Rescuers are still working to pull people from the rubble in the community southwest of Oklahoma City.

Keith said Moore "is strong and will persevere."

"Hometown got hit for the gazillionth time. Rise again Moore Oklahoma," Keith tweeted Monday evening.

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