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Tennessee Valley residents enjoy the weather forecasts by Cedric Haynes. They rely on him for the region’s major weather updates. However, the meteorologist has been MIA for the last few months, prompting many Local 3 News viewers to ask what happened to Cedric Haynes and where he is. He has had a few setbacks that have caused him to remain off-air, and he recently shared an update. Find out what Cedric Haynes said about his absence from Local 3 News.

What Happened to Cedric Haynes from Local 3 News?

Cedric Haynes went to Dalton High School and graduated with a degree in electronic media from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. After that, he received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Haynes started his professional career with KPLC 7 News in Lake Charles, Louisiana, right after graduating in 2012. Following that, he spent three years in Tyler, Texas, as a morning and midday meteorologist for KLTV 7 News.

In 2017, Haynes moved to Greenville, South Carolina, as a weekend evening meteorologist. The weather anchor returned to his hometown and joined the WRCB Storm Alert Weather Team in 2021. He appears on the noon and 4:00 p.m. newscasts to provide weather updates.

However, in the last few months, he has not appeared on the newscasts. This made his followers wonder what happened to Cedric Haynes. The thing is, the meteorologist has been dealing with recurring back issues due to a spinal injury for two months.

Haynes underwent his first back surgery around mid-January in 2023. At that time, he thanked all his fans and co-workers for the kind messages.

The meteorologist stated, “I have the best co-workers and viewers around! It’s been a rough start to 2023 for me, but I want to thank everyone for all the help and words of encouragement. It’s easy to get down during these times, but not when you get all these kind messages and personal cards! I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be back to normal, or back to work yet, but..Thank you all very much!”

On March 4, meteorologist Clay Smith shared an update on Haynes’s health and informed everyone that he is recovering and is in good spirits.

Cedric Haynes underwent another surgery on March 10, 2023, and is still recovering. He shared a health update on a Zoom call with Local 3 News anchor David Carroll.

On March 21, Haynes stated that there had been some complications during his recovery. He added that he’s fighting through it and hopes to return to work soon.

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Haynes is trying to get back on his feet and was able to walk a decent length and perform some mini-exercises. Furthermore, he wants well-wishers to know that he’s diligently working on a quick recovery daily.