August 25th, 2014
12:10 PM ET

Following Tropical Storm Cristobal

Tropical Storm Cristobal is dumping rain on the Bahamas in the Atlantic.

4-8" of rainfall is possible with some locations receiving up to a foot of rain.

Cristobal has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is forecasted to strengthen to a hurricane Tuesday night.

Luckily, the forecast track for Cristobal turns the storm away from the U.S. with no landfall expected.

Cristobal track

The coastline will have dangerous surf and a high threat of rip currents through the middle of the week.

Vacationers and boaters should keep an eye on the forecast impacts for Tropical Storm Cristobal.

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August 25th, 2014
10:11 AM ET

See Boy's Letter to Soldiers: 'Hope You Make It'

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff,"  a frank 8-year-old Louisiana boy becomes a source of inspiration for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.

Gavin's wrote four words in a letter around last Christmas to troops in Kabul saying: "hope you make it."

While his teacher originally thought the note was too blunt to send, the remark quickly became a motto for the airmen and soldiers deployed 8,000 miles away.

The 438th Air Expeditionary wing embarked on a mission to find him.

Local journalists, including the Shreveport Times – which published a story with the headline "Who is Gavin?" helped make the overseas meeting happen.

The Gavin fan club, as they began calling themselves, chatted with the boy over Skype.

"Every time we went somewhere or did something it was "hope you make it,"  they told him.

"So not sure how at such a young age something so wise can come out of such a small body – but we're really, really glad it did."

See the full story at CNN affiliate KTBS.

And if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know!

You can reach us on Facebook, tweet to @ChrisCuomo or@NewDay using #NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.


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August 25th, 2014
09:02 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – August 25, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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August 25th, 2014
07:24 AM ET

The Moms of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell Speak Out

Sybrina Fulton. Lesley McSpadden. Valerie Bell.

Three mothers who know the grief of losing a son too early met for the first time Sunday.

Fulton, the mom of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – who was killed in 2012, and Valerie Bell, the mom of 23 year-old Sean Bell – who was killed by a barrage of bullets in 2006, had words of comfort for Michael Brown's mom, Lesley McSpadden.

"You have to focus on the good times, you have to focus on when he was smiling, you have to focus on his first day of school and Christmas Day," Fulton told McSpadden.

"Put a picture up when he was happy and focus on those, just don’t focus on the death, because that’s going to eat away at you."

When CNN's Don Lemon asked the women if they communicate with their sons – they all said yes.

McSpadden said especially when it rains.

"There's something about the rain, something about it… I feel him."

Fulton told her: "He's there, hes watching over you."

Brown, the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, will be laid to rest today.

Fulton said the service will be, for McSpadden, the "worst day of her life as a mother."

"There is no words that can bring comfort to her as a mother by seeing her son in a casket."


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