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5 Things To Know On Monday, June 1, 2020

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Posted at 5:02 AM, Jun 01, 2020

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1. West Palm Beach mayor enacts nighttime curfew to curb protests
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James issued a nighttime curfew Sunday in the city.

The curfew is in effect nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the next 72 hours, unless the city extends it or terminates it before that time.

People are asked to peacefully disburse from any city roadway, including downtown West Palm Beach, where a protest in response to the death of George Floyd spilled onto Interstate 95.

In a video seen around the world, George Floyd was being arrested when an officer put his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. Floyd was already handcuffed on the ground, and pleading that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead at the hospital hours later, but didn't have a pulse at the scene.

George Floyd was unresponsive and pulseless when EMS arrived to scene, report says
This undated handout photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday, May 27, 2020, for criminal charges to be filed against officer Derek Chauvin, who is seen on video kneeling against the neck of handcuffed Floyd, who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody.

2. Shots fired outside Palm Beach Outlets; several stores damaged during protest
While the majority of the demonstrations across South Florida and the Treasure Coast were peaceful, shots were fired at the Palm Beach Outlets and several stores at the West Palm Beach outlet mall were damaged by looters Sunday night.

Windows to the Target store across the street were also smashed. Authorities are looking into where the looters came from. Other cities have seen people travel from out-of-state to loot and damage property.

Shattered glass at Target
Shattered glass at the Target on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard is evidence of the damage left behind by protesters, May 31, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

3. West Palm Beach business owner blames police for escalation to violence
Protesters had gathered near Clematis Street and Quadrille Boulevard, where they were chanting, "No more blood."

The situation escalated when police attempted to disperse the crowd while enforcing a 9 p.m. curfew that had been issued less than an hour earlier.

A confrontation ensued and police to fire what witnesses said were rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the crowd.

Several restaurants along Clematis Street were damaged during the incident, but owner Rodney Mayo blamed police.

4. Gov. Ron DeSantis activates Florida National Guard after protests
Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida National Guard after protests throughout the state turned violent Saturday night.

DeSantis has deployed 150 guardsmen to their facility in Miramar, 150 to Camp Blanding near Jacksonville and 100 to Tampa.

5. Hurricane season starts today and the tropics are already busy
In Central America, the remnants of what was a very brief Tropical Storm Amanda in the Eastern Pacific, may now have a chance to become Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico.

The NHC has given this disturbance a 70% chance for development over the next 5 days as it meanders around Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Regardless of development, it could produce extremely dangerous flash flooding and mudslides this week due to heavy rainfall.

The tricky part for the U.S. comes next weekend as this disturbance begins to move north toward Texas and Louisiana. It's hard to say how it might further develop in the Gulf of Mexico.

All the way across the Atlantic near the Azores and Canary Islands, computer models show something briefly developing this week and then falling apart.

Today's Forecast
A continuation of the weekend today, warm and breezy with low chances for rainfall.

Latest Weather Forecast: Monday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On June 1, 1968, Helen Keller dies in Easton, Connecticut, at the age of 87. Blind and deaf from a illness in infancy, Keller circumvented her disabilities to become a world-renowned writer and lecturer.

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