"Goodbye mama" final text from boy killed in tornado

Published: Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 1:05 PM


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The text came just seconds before the tornado exploded into the house where Jeffrey Hunter was hiding in a bathroom.

It simply said, "Goodbye mama."

Jeff had been staying with his father and stepmother in Vilonia, Arkansas as the storm developed.

His mother, Regina Wood, had been texting updates, and both knew the twister was headed directly for him.

“First he said mama, I’m so scared,” Regina told KNWA.

“He knew how bad it was,” she continued.

“I kept saying ‘are you ok, are you ok?’ and there was no answer,” Regina said, unable to hold back the tears.

When the storm had passed Jeff’s body was found by a neighbor. He was one of 15 people killed as the tornado ripped through the small town.

Through her grief, Regina said Jeffrey using his final moment to say good-bye was “the most precious thing a son could do for a mother.”

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Patchy fog again possible tonight 

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7:52 PM

A pleasant finish to the day after a gloomy start.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Skies clearing tonight
  • Patchy fog possible late
  • Cooler but dry for the weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

This evening:  Skies will continue to clear with temperatures dropping back into the 50s

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

Tonight: Just a few clouds lingering with patchy areas of fog possible late. Temperatures will fall into the lower 40s

Thursday: After some morning fog, expect lots of sunshine and milder temperatures topping out in the middle 60s.

Friday: The day will start with sunshine but clouds will increase late. There is a chance for a passing shower in the evening or at night. Temperatures will reach into the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Skies will be partly cloudy with a cool northerly breeze. High swill top out in the upper 50s.

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Sunday: Sunny skies return with temperatures still running a bit below normal. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Monday: Sunny skies will start the new week and temperatures will warm up to near 70 degrees.

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Showers continue for the day 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:31 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Another soggy day is in the forecast with on and off showers expected, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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It will be breezy at times with temperatures still a bit below normal, hovering in the upper 50s by late afternoon. Showers will gradually taper off late tonight with temperatures dropping back into the upper 40s by morning.

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The region will dry out on Wednesday but it may take much of the day for the clouds to break. Highs will rebound to near 60 degrees and then climb into the lower 60s Thursday as sunshine returns.

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Showers to move in late morning, early afternoon

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A dry morning commute is expected today, but grab the umbrella as you head out as rain is expected to move in, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
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The best chance for this rain will come in the afternoon, but we may see that rain as early as the late morning hours.

Showers are expected this afternoon and this early evening, which means your drive home will likely be a wet one and you’ll want to give yourself some extra time. A few lingering showers are expected later this evening, but more dry time is expected after sunset.

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Highs today will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

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Tree pollen staying high this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the pollen counts this weekend.

This time of year if you notice your allergy symptoms, it is likely because of a toss-up between tree pollen or the mold spores, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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Tree pollen is what typically spikes in April and May. Mold spores, during a wet time of year, also can be high. This time of year we can get low amounts of grass pollen in the air as well.

This weekend, sunshine and warm, breezy conditions will allow the tree pollen to climb quickly, while dry weather will allow the mold spores to drop. 

If you suffer from spring allergies, you likely will notice your symptoms this weekend.

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