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5 things to know for Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Posted at 5:04 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 06:53:08-04

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1. IS THAT YOU, ARTHUR? Our first subtropical system of 2020 could develop this weekend
In what could be an early start to Hurricane Season, an area of low pressure has a 70% chance of developing over the next five days. There's no direct threat to Florida, but system could bring us some much needed rain. We are about 7-8 inches below average for rainfall right now .

2. WHY DO WE NEED THE RAIN SO BADLY? Brush fires burn 400 acres in southwest Florida
The fires shut down the I-75 section also known as Alligator Alley for 20 miles on Wednesday. Just last week hundreds were evacuated as wildfires raged in Florida Panhandle.

3. PLAY BALL! Gov. Ron DeSantis welcomes all professional sports to Florida
Remember sports? Well they may be making a comeback in our own backyard. As the MLB and NBA struggle to find a way to salvage their seasons, Florida has offered some courts, fields and even ice to play on. The baseball rumor mill says the MLB is considering playing most of its games here in West Palm Beach and Arizona, but they haven't come to an agreement with the players yet.

4. PIECE OF MY HEART: Melissa Etheridge says she has lost her son to opioid addiction
Melissa Etheridge says her 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher has died. Etheridge says she joined the hundreds of thousands of families who had lost loved ones to opioid addiction and she is heartbroken.

Beckett was one of two children Etheridge had with former partner Julie Cypher, conceived with sperm from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby.

Beckett Cypher, 21-year-old son of Melissa Etheridge, dies
Singer Melissa Etheridge performs at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

5. SET SAIL ON THE WEB! Palm Beach International Boat Show goes virtual TODAY
The show was canceled due to the coronavirus, but sailors can still check out the wares online. There are more than 450 exhibitors and more than 800 boats.

Today's Forecast
Warm and very windy today with rainfall possible tonight.

Latest Weather Forecast: Thursday 5 a.m.

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