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College Student Sends Heartbreaking Text To His Mom Before Tornado Strikes His Home

"That was the most precious thing a son could do for a mother," she said.

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Jeffrey Hunter, a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, knew he wasn't going to make it through the tornado that was hurtling toward his hiding place in a bathroom in Vilonia, Ark.


All Wood could do was update her son through text on where the EF-4 tornado was headed, and try to reassure him he would be OK.

"I kept saying, 'Are you OK? Are you OK? Let me know. Let me know.' No answer," Wood recalled.

A few homes down from where Hunter was hiding with his father and stepmother, Lyman Watkins crawled out of the closet he hid in with his wife and five dogs.

Though she lost her only son, Regina said she was comforted that despite his fear, he thought to say good-bye to his mom.

Update: If you want to donate to the affected communities, the United Way of Central Arkansas is accepting donations. You can specify on the donation form that you want it directed to their Arkansas Tornado Relief Fund.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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