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Isaias Strengthens and May Affect South Carolina This Weekend

By Ray Hawthorne

Map of Tropical Storm Isaias approaching Florida and southeastern statesUpdate Thursday 11 am: Tropical Storm Isaias is just offshore the southeastern shores of the Dominican Republic as of the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Isaias continues to maintain maximum sustained wind speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h) with no change in intensity as of the latest advisory with a forward motion to the northwest at 20 mph. Heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding have been reported from the neighboring island of Puerto Rico where power has been knocked out to thousands of customers. Tropical storm conditions are likely to continue across Puerto Rico and...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — North Charleston, We Have A Problem

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials announced the reopening of more South Carolina businesses On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 30, 2020, we bring you the latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's new orders regarding masks in restaurants and the reopening of movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other businesses. Also in this episode: The struggles facing the state when it comes to COVID-19 testing and medical staffing needs at hospitals; Boeing's announcement that it will cut the production rates at its facility in North Charleston; 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...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — North Charleston, We Have A Problem

By Gavin Jackson

SC LEDE logoOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 30, 2020, we bring you the latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's new orders regarding masks in restaurants and the reopening of movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other businesses. Also in this episode: The struggles facing the state when it comes to COVID-19 testing and medical staffing needs at hospitals; Boeing's announcement that it will cut the production rates at its facility in North Charleston; 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...

A Tropical Storm Could Impact Florida by the Weekend -- but Uncertainty is High

By Athena Masson

PTC Nine FormsUpdate as of 8 AM Wednesday: Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is not yet a tropical storm, but squally weather is moving through the Lesser Antilles this morning. The National Hurricane Center says there is a 90 percent change the potential tropical cyclone will achieve named storm status later today. The forecast track takes the center of the system near or just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and near or over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. Assuming the storm survives the high terrain of Hispaniola, it may approach Cuba, the Florida Straits and the Florida...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — An UnTENTable Situation

By Gavin Jackson

Members of the South Carolina National Guard relocate a COVID-19 screening tent On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 28, 2020, we bring you the latest data from DHEC about COVID-19 infection rates in the Palmetto State, look at encouraging numbers for the state, hear what one South Carolina hospital is doing to combat the coronavirus surge it's facing, 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 out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — The Miseducation Of Molly Spearman

By Gavin Jackson

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman testifies before the SC House COVID-19 Public Education CommitteeOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 25, 2020, we bring you an in-depth look at the politics surrounding the reopening of schools, including Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman's thoughts on how different in-person and online learning will look this fall. Plus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the state of the federal coronavirus relief bill, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell voices support for a statewide mask ordinance, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State...

Hanna Headed for Texas; Gonzalo Approaches Caribbean

By Ray Hawthorne

Hanna Headed for Texas; Gonzalo Approaches CaribbeanTropical Storm Hanna — the earliest recorded “H” storm — developed late Thursday evening in the western Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect ahead of Hanna’s expected arrival on the Texas Gulf coast Saturday. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to churn westward toward the Windward Islands and the eastern Caribbean with little change in its strength. As of mid-morning Friday, The National Hurricane Center says Hanna’s landfall is most likely on Saturday not far from Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say 4 to 8 inches of rain, with localized amounts up to 12 inches,...

Depression Forms in the Gulf; Gonzalo Strengthens

By Ray Hawthorne

Forecast Track for TD 8 and GonzaloTropical Storm Watches are in effect for the Texas Gulf coast ahead of the likely arrival and strengthening of the season's eighth tropical depression. As of 11 am Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression Eight was located 380 miles east-southeast of Port O'Conner Texas and had top sustained winds of 35 mph. It is moving toward the west-northwest at around 9 mph and is likely to become Tropical Storm Hanna by Friday. Tropical storm conditions are possible this weekend along the Texas Gulf coast, where Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Port Mansfield to High...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — 'It Will Probably Get Worse Before It Gets Better'

By Gavin Jackson

Vice President Mike Pence participates in a media briefing at the USC Alumni Center on July 21, 2020.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 23, 2020, we take a look at Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to the Palmetto State, find out the latest on the federal COVID-19 relief bill, speak with SC Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome, 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 out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and...

Tropical System in the Gulf Becoming Better Organized

By Ray Hawthorne

High chance of development in the GulfThe tropical wave that has been depositing soaking downpours over parts of South Florida, the Keys, and the western half of the Florida peninsula may be the next system to organize into a tropical depression this week. As of the National Hurricane Center's early afternoon update, the disturbance has an 80 percent chance of achieving depression classification Thursday or Friday. If the system is able to reach tropical storm status, its name would be Hanna. Regardless of its development, higher-than-usual shower activity is forecast over Florida for another day. The western Panhandle may also...

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