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Strong Tornadoes and Widespread Strong Winds Likely Overnight into Monday morning

By Ray Hawthorne

Severe Storm Risk and TimingA line of intense thunderstorms is expected to bring the potential for widespread damaging winds and a few strong tornadoes to the Palmetto State late Sunday night into Monday morning. Tornadoes have been observed in northern Louisiana late Sunday morning. These storms are moving into Mississippi, where Tornado Watches are in effect as of early Sunday afternoon. Reliable forecast models show these storms spreading into Alabama early this evening and into Georgia around midnight before spreading into the Upstate of South Carolina between 3 and 6 AM. Damaging winds and embedded tornadoes are...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — A Rising Tide Of Cases, Unemployment, Deaths And Unemployment

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records the podcast from his home on Friday, April 10, 2020.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 11, 2020, we examine the state legislature's failure to pass continuing resolution this week, discuss what increasing unemployment numbers could mean for our economy moving forward, and explore how lack of adequate high-speed internet is affecting many South Carolinians' access to healthcare, e-learning, and other services. We also look at the latest case numbers, listen to your voicemails, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news...

Risk of Damaging Storms Sunday Night into Monday

By Ray Hawthorne

Severe Risk Sunday Night into MondayThunderstorms capable of producing destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible across a large area of the Palmetto State late Sunday night or Monday morning. A few tornadoes are also possible, along with heavy rainfall, ahead of a powerful cold front that is expected to move through Monday. The storm system likely to affect the state is part of a larger weather system that is favored to produce long-track tornadoes, straight-line winds, and large hail from as far west as Texas through Deep South into Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle Sunday afternoon and evening. Reliable model...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Surge Protection

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson takes precautions while covering state lawmakers on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.On this episode for April 9, 2020, we take you to the South Carolina State House as lawmakers reconvened to vote on continuing resolution to keep the state government operating, emergency response funds, and more. We then speak with Andrew Boozer, executive director of Senior Resources in Richland County, about challenges facing organizations working to help food insecure senior citizens during this pandemic. We also look at the latest state economic numbers, listen to your voicemails, and more. Each of these special episodes is structured to give you straight up information up front followed...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — 28 Days Later

By Gavin Jackson

Govl McMaster details nonessential businesses which should remained closed in S.C. during the coronavirus outbreak.On this episode for April 4, 2020, we speak with U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) about his experience testing positive for COVID-19, see how food banks are faring during this crisis, and talk with State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman about the current challenges facing the education system. We also look back at actions taken by the governor's office in the month since the first reported case of COVID-19 in South Carolina. Each of these special episodes is structured to give you straight up information up front followed by additional context and reporting, your voices, resources...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Homeward Bound

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Brinton Fox, owner of Boone Fox Farm in Columbia, SC.On this episode for April 2, 2020, we discuss Gov. Henry McMaster's executive order closing all non-essential businesses in South Carolina, the latest unemployment numbers, and more. We also speak with Brinton Fox, owner of Boone Fox Farms in Columbia, SC, about how the virus is affecting agricultural businesses like hers, and ask her for tips for people beginning gardens while staying at home. Each of these special episodes is structured to give you straight up information up front followed by additional context and reporting, your voices, resources and tips and we end it all with a little...

Domestic violence predicted to spike during COVID-19 pandemic

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Domestic Violence stock imageWhile many people are fortunate enough to think of home as a safe place, that is often not the case for victims of abuse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. residents are being instructed to stay home in order to stop the virus from spreading. Abuse victims, now being forced to stay at home with their abusers, are at a great risk. Joan Harris, the Associate Director of Advocacy & Community Services at Safe Passage, Inc ., explains the threat domestic violence victims are experiencing during this time. She says, "Domestic violence is probably worse at this time because there's so much...

Strong Storms Possible in the Lowcountry Tuesday Afternoon and Evening

By Jeff Huffman

Tornado WatchUpdate Tuesday 2:30 PM ET: A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until 9:00 PM EST. The watch includes the following counties in South Carolina: Allendale, Charleston, Hapton, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Berkeley, and Dorchester. Update Tuesday 2 pm ET: Forecasters at the National Weather Service have upgraded the risk area to “slight” (or level two out of five) for areas of the Lowcountry including the cities of Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland, and Allendale. The most likely arrival time of any strong storms to the Lowcountry would be between 4 and 8 pm...

MUSC Creates 3D Printed Protective Mask Anyone Can Make

By Victoria Hansen

Various stages of the mask and filter cartridges showing the progression.If building a personal protection mask that could be mass produced to fight the coronavirus pandemic was a puzzle, Joshua Kim was determined to figure it out. The 25 year-old is the Senior Designer and Program Coordinator with the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. “That moment was an epiphany moment,” says Kim. “It was a great moment.” It was the moment Kim realized he could use an air filter, like those commonly found in home improvement stores, to build a respirator for a mask mimicking the N95 now in demand. “They filter out viruses too," says...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Self-Isolation Discombobulation

By Gavin Jackson

SC Lede LogoOn this episode for March 31, 2020, we discuss legal questions surrounding the emergency powers of local governments which may conflict with South Carolina state orders, speak with local restaurant owners whose business is being affected by COVID-19, learn about efforts as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to develop 3D printed masks, and more. Each of these special episodes is structured to give you straight up information up front followed by additional context and reporting, your voices, resources and tips and we end it all with a little wind down. And we want to hear from...

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