My March 2nd Story: Tyler Gentry

Published: Feb. 2, 2017 at 8:37 PM EST
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I was one of the many viewers who watched March 2nd unfold on WYMT. I was a student at Letcher County Central High School when the event took place, but my town was one of the lucky ones that was spared from the tornadoes. I remember during the morning and early afternoon of this day, it was cloudy and raining in Whitesburg at first but the sky cleared up in the midafternoon hours. As the day was winding down, I washed my parent’s cars and later went into the house to watch the news. A short time later, I was one of the many viewers who would watch the warnings come in. I remember the West Liberty, East Bernstadt, and Salyersville warnings that were announced to name a few. As evening turned into night, I watched the first images come in of the devastation. I also remember a few days earlier, that West Liberty was hit by a smaller twister and you all covered that story, but it was nothing compared to this. I watched as Jim Caldwell and the weather team expressed their shock and amazement of what was unfolding in Eastern Kentucky, but I also remember Steve Hensley's tearful breakdown at the end of the 11:00 newscast. His emotion was so real and convening just as anyone in the region that night, but to see it come from someone who was behind screens just like me, is undesirable. In the end, I have to say the station's reporting was top notch and you all deserve every ounce of credit you can get because you all did not just report the news, you also helped save lives. I am so proud to say WYMT is a top notch news station in Eastern Kentucky.

- Tyler Gentry