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5 things to know for Friday, May, 15, 2020

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Posted at 5:06 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 06:23:52-04

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1. ARTHUR SEEMS TO BE AN EARLY BIRD: He has an 80% to form over the weekend.
There's a pretty good chance an area of low pressure will become Subtropical or Tropical Storm Arthur over the weekend. What's the difference between a subtropical and tropical storm? Not much if you're standing outside, it will still be rainy and windy. The difference is the structure of the storm.

Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1.

2. ARE YOU THERE, ELON? Its us, Port St. Lucie.
The city of Port St. Lucie is inviting Elon Musk to relocate Tesla headquarters to the Treasure Coast. Musk had a very public dispute over reopening his factory in Alameda County, California during the coronavirus pandemic. Musk fired off on Twitter that he would open without permission or move the factory.

Elon Musk a Florida man? Some things just make sense.

3. SUNDAY IN THE SWAMP? Gov. DeSantis offers UF campus to professional sports teams including NFL.
Could the University of Florida serve as a temporary home for a displaced professional sports team amid the coronavirus pandemic? Gov. DeSantis thinks so.

"They got a great football stadium -- 'The Swamp' -- that's not used on Sunday. So if an NFL team needs a place to land, we could work that out," he said.

He's also offering UF facilities to NBA and MLB teams.

'The Swamp' Gators seat backs at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in 2016
Florida Gator seat backs sit in the stands of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before an NCAA college football game against North Texas in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

4. SORRY SENIORS! No more VIP access to Club Pub, but they will be open longer.
Over the past few weeks, Publix cut back it's hours to help keep things in stock and give them more time to clean. They also reserved the first hour of shopping for seniors to help keep the most vulnerable population safe from coronavirus. Now, Publix is expanding it's hours.

While it isn't quite back to normal, they will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. beginning Saturday. Senior hours have also ended.

67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County are now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents.jpg
67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County are now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents.

5. SICK OF SQUATS AT HOME? Gov. DeSantis expected to announce when gyms can reopen today.
While restaurants and retail stores were allowed to open in a limited capacity, gyms have stayed closed.

As Desantis announced that Miami-Dade and Broward counties will join Phase One of Florida's reopening plan, he also said he'll make an announcement on Friday about reopening gyms statewide.

Today's Forecast
Numerous showers and thunderstorms will move through South Florida thanks to a developing system off to our east/southeast.

Latest Weather Forecast: Friday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
“Ebony And Ivory” begins a seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts on May 15, 1982.

Stevie Wonder and his duet with Paul McCartney not only yielded a smash-hit record that topped the charts, but it also continued a trend toward pop music power-couplings that was particularly prevalent in the early 1980s.