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5 Things To Know On Thursday, September 3, 2020

Posted at 6:25 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 06:28:15-04

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1. Aren't we running out of names? Nana strengthened into the fifth hurricane this year
Nana doesn't pose any threat to the United States. On the forecast track, Nana will make landfall along the coast of Belize and move inland over Belize and Guatemala on Thursday.

Nana is the 14th named storm this year and there's a lot of hurricane season left.

What happens if we run out of names? Like we did during the unforgettable 2005 season when 28 storms formed, forecasters will start using the letters of the Greek alphabet to name storms – Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and so on.

Tracking the Tropics

2. Latest on the election: Moderators announced, Trump suggest voters try to cast two ballots
Fox News host Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on September 29. Trump and Biden will face-off again on October 15, moderated by Steve Scully who is a political editor at C-SPAN, and on October 22 moderated by Kristen Welker, White House correspondent for NBC News.

Trump said voters should test election safeguards by voting both in person and via mail, something which could cause voters legal issues.

“So let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. So that’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do,” Trump said.

3. Need help? Palm Beach County food assistance program begins Friday
Palm Beach County will begin to offer pre-paid debit cards to anyone that needs help putting food on the table during the pandemic.

Applicants must present evidence their household was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply for food assistance, click here. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Palm Beach County food assistance program begins Friday

4. The Rock says he and his family have recovered from COVID-19
Dwayne Johnson, known by his nickname “The Rock,” announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus.

Johnson said in the video that he, his wife and his two infant daughters tested positive for the virus, but have since recovered.

The question now is... can he still smell what The Rock is cooking?

5. What's going on with the federal debt? It's not good when it's being compared to 1946
With increased expenditures and decreased tax revenues, the debt owed by the US federal government is expected to exceed the GDP of the US in 2021, according to a government analysis.

On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released the updated figures showing that the federal government’s debt is projected to be 104% of the size of the economy in fiscal year 2021. 2021 is expected to be the first time since 1946 that the amount of debt is larger than the size of the economy.

The US debt began increasing in the 70s and 80s as balanced budgets became more of an exception. The last time the US had a balanced budget was in 2001.

Today's Forecast
No break in terms of the heat: highs will stay in the low 90s over the next 7 days.

Latest Weather Forecast: Thursday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783.

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