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5 Things To Know On Thursday, July 30, 2020

Posted at 5:10 AM, Jul 30, 2020

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.

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1. Tropical Storm Isaias forms, but where is it heading?
The disturbance formerly known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs) bringing flooding to Puerto Rico and other islands.

There are two current scenarios. The first is Isaias follows the the European model which brings the center of the storm onshore into South Florida and then west of us.

Isaias follows the American model (and the HWRF) and stays off to our east.

2. Halt on evictions for Florida tenants extends through Sept. 1
As many Floridians feared getting kicked out of their homes, Governor Ron DeSantis once again extended his suspension on evictions.

Gov. DeSantis once again extended Executive Order 20-94, which halts evictions for Floridians, until 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 1. Wednesday's announcement marks the third time DeSantis extended the eviction ban.

The pandemic caused record-breaking unemployment in the state, leaving many renters unable to pay their landlords.

3. Will college football happen? It will look differently if it does
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that it will play a truncated 11-game football schedule this season, including 10 conference games.

Notre Dame will also a play a 10-game ACC schedule and be eligible to compete for the conference championship -- for the 2020 season only.

All nonconference games must be played within the home state of the ACC institution, meaning that traditional rivalries like Florida-Florida State could still be played, provided the Southeastern Conference allows it.

Notre Dame football team and head coach Brian Kelly before bowl game
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly runs onto the field with his players before the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State, Dec. 28, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.

4. All state-supported coronavirus testing sites to temporarily close
All Florida-operated coronavirus testing sites will temporarily close starting at Thursday at 5 p.m. as a tropical system threatens the state. Some sites will reopen Tuesday, while all remaining sites are expected to reopen by Aug. 5.

The Florida Department of Health says Martin County has the highest positivity rate for children in the entire state of Florida. On July 26 alone, 45.1% of children in Martin County tested were positive.


5. Is the party over? SunFest reduces full-time staff
SunFest has reduced its full-time staff and dissolved its marketing department according to three sources obtained by WPTV NewsChannel 5's Taste and See South Florida.

The layoffs add to the uncertainty if the annual waterfront music festival will be held in 2021.

In March, the waterfront festival canceled the 2020 festival due to the City of West Palm Beach's COVID-19 quarantine orders. Compounding to loss caused by severe storms and rain at the previous two years at SunFest.


Today's Forecast
This morning, warm and humid with light easterly winds and a few coastal showers possible.

This afternoon, hot and humid with highs in the low 90s and the heat index in around 100 degrees.

Tropical Storm Isaias forms

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card.