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5 things to know for Monday, May 18, 2020

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Posted at 5:06 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 07:26:45-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more! You can watch the latest LIVE on WPTV here from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Remember, you can join Mike Trim and Ashleigh Walters every weekday on WPTV NewsChannel 5 beginning at 4:30 a.m.

1. THE GANG IS ALL HERE: All of Florida has now entered Phase One of coronavirus recovery
What does that mean as far as what is open and what still has restrictions? Restaurants, retail stores, gyms and more can open up to 50% capacity.

It could also mean the return of sports and vacation rentals. For the full list, click the link above.

Over the weekend you may have noticed a flood of cartoons entering your timeline. Facebook rolled out its Avatar feature to users in the US this week. The feature allows Facebook users to create a cartoon avatar of themselves.

Want to make your own? Follow the step-by-step guide in the link.

3. SO LONG, ARTHUR! Tropical Storm Arthur became the first named storm of 2020
Hurricane season doesn't technically start until June 1, but Arthur arrived to the party early. Tropical Storm Arthur continues to move toward the North Carolina coast this morning. It will give North Carolina a close shave before it curves out to sea.

What comes next? The next name on the list is Bertha, but we hope we don't see her for a good long while.

4. SPORTS ARE BACK! Well, golf and NASCAR, but its better than nothing
Golf and NASCAR have never been described as national pastimes, but after months of no sports on TV, people were glad to see some competition. Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds.

When will the big four sports be back? Discussions are ramping up.

Rory McIlroy at TPC, March 2020
Rory McIlroy hits from a sand bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

5. WHAT ARE ATHLETES DOING WITH THEIR SPARE TIME? Two NFL cornerbacks were arrested for robbery in South Florida
New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar have been released on bond after their arrests in connection with an armed robbery. Authorities say they robbed guests at a party in Miramar.

They both turned themselves in on Saturday and were released on bond on Sunday.

Today's Forecast
Meteorologist Glenn Glazer has issued a WEATHER ALERT for this afternoon from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Lightning, gusty winds, heavy rain, and some hail appear to be the biggest threats.

Latest Weather Forecast: Monday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
Forty years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupts in 1980.

The volcanic peak in southwestern Washington, suffered a massive eruption, killing 57 people and devastating some 210 square miles of wilderness.