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5 Things To Know On Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Posted at 5:25 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 05:25:19-04

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1. Is that you Laura, Marco and Nana? One of three tropical waves heading to Florida
Tropical Depression 13 has formed over the Atlantic and models show it heading towards South Florida. Two other tropical waves have formed, but it doesn't appear they will impact Florida yet.

Most models bring this system toward South Florida late Sunday, however, the strength of the system is unknown at this time.

The National Hurricane Center shows the system strengthening into Tropical Storm Laura/Marco sometime tomorrow and remaining a tropical storm through early next week as it approaches the state.

South Florida under the cone of uncertainty for Tropical Depression 13

2. A historic night at the DNC leads the President to tweet in all caps
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., became the first Black and South Asian woman to accept the Democratic nomination for vice president Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.

President Donald Trump sent out three tweets late Wednesday in all caps in as he faced sharp criticism from Democrats during the convention. The attacks came frequently and with vigor among the Democratic speakers, headlined by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

3. What is QAnon? Trump says they love the country, military officials say a domestic terror threat
The baseless QAnon theory centers on an alleged anonymous, high-ranking government official known as “Q” who shares information about an anti-Trump “deep state” often tied to satanism and child sex trafficking.

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's United States Military Academy issued a study that determined that QAnon is a potential domestic terror threat to the US.

"QAnon has contributed to the radicalization of several people to notable criminal acts or acts of violence," the Combating Terrorism Center wrote.

4. Florida's coronavirus deaths pass 10,000, including nonresidents
There were 174 newly reported deaths on Wednesday. Deaths have now passed 10,000, including nonresidents.

Cases remained among the lowest in two months with 4,115 new cases.

Total daily tests were under 100,000 for the 13th day in a row, 67,822.

5. A glimpse of the November election? 69% of voters in Palm Beach County voted by mail
Palm Beach County said 181,328 mail-in ballots were returned out of 262,668 total votes. Turnout for the primary was at 26.5 percent.

Just under 70 percent of voters cast their ballots by mail or dropped them at the box instead of going to the polls.

The supervisor of elections said she noticed the popularity of vote by mail, especially with the approaching presidential election where 370,000 requests have already been made for a mail-in ballot.

Voters encouraged to request mail-in ballots now for November election

Today's Forecast
Isolated severe storms possible this afternoon - evening

Latest Weather Forecast 11 p.m. Wednesday

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On August 20, 1619, “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists. The arrival of the enslaved Africans in the New World marks a beginning of two and a half centuries of slavery in North America.

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