Carrie Underwood Says Her Family Hid in a Safe Room During Deadly Nashville Tornado

It’s a scenario no mother wants to face: a deadly natural disaster barreling towards your home. Thankfully, Carrie Underwood’s family is safe following the Nashville tornado that ripped through the city on Tuesday — but she admits that it was a terrifying experience that included some understandable “freaking out.” Making matters even more anxiety-riddled for Underwood? She was out of town at the time of the tornado, which undoubtedly meant suffering through a few panicked minutes wondering whether husband Mike Fisher and sons Isaiah, 5, and Jacob, 1, were safe.

Underwood opened up about the scary incident while visiting NBC’s Today show Tuesday, explaining she’d been sending out concerned messages all morning. “I think that’s what everyone’s doing right now, assessing,” she said, adding, “I’m, like, texting people I know and asking my husband, ‘Is everybody good?'” Underwood and her family reside in Franklin, Tennessee, which is considered a posh suburb of Nashville. At the time of the tornado, which hit East Nashville and the suburb of Mt. Juliet particularly hard, Underwood was in New York.

When she spoke to Fisher, though, she felt the full weight of the ordeal. “He said he had to go upstairs at, like, 2 a.m. and grab the boys and taken them down — we have a little safe room in our house,” Underwood explained. “I bet everybody was crying.”

Although Underwood seemed to remain calm as she recounted the story, that surely belies her fear when she first found out about the tornado. As a mom, it’s impossible not to feel as though if you’re with your kids, you’ll be able to protect them. It doesn’t matter if it’s illogical because you’re facing the same danger as your children.

Raising our kids in a coastal city in the southeast, I’ve had to evacuate with our children several times due to hurricane threats. And while we’ve been fortunate enough to have ample warning that allows us to find safety, I always feel like my gut is in knots until the storm has passed. I can’t even imagine how it must feel to go through a tornado with your kids.

The tornadoes in Tennessee on Tuesday have killed at least 19 people, injured many more and wreaked havoc on local buildings. So, it’s definitely the type of storm that sticks with you, a pit of worry lodged in your belly that you just can’t dislodge.

Considering Underwood is currently making the press rounds to publicize her new book, I don’t know how soon she’ll be able to hop a flight back to Nashville to see her family. But I can basically guarantee that, when she does, her little boys (and Fisher, too!) are in for some super-tight hugs.

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