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5 Things To Know on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Posted at 5:06 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 05:06:14-04

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1. Will Florida see its first 2020 Tropical Storm this weekend? Meteorologist Kahtia Hall explains
Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is moving west-northwest and is expected to gain some strength, becoming Tropical Storm Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs) sometime today before either moving over or around Puerto Rico.

By tomorrow, Tropical Storm Isaias will moving toward Hispaniola where it will be running into rugged mountains which may limit strengthening of the storm.

By the weekend, it will approach Florida. Still uncertainty as to the exact track of the storm, considering there's no real center of circulation, so models aren't able to initialize properly.

2. Where is Leila Cavett? Her toddler was found wandering alone Sunday, but she's still missing
A little boy was found wandering alone in Miramar on Sunday morning and police are still looking for the woman who they believe is his mother.

Police are actively searching for Leila Cavett and are concerned for her safety and well-being. Her family says they haven't heard from Cavett and she doesn't live in Florida, but they recognize the boy as her son.

She was last seen driving a white mid-to-late-90s Chevrolet 3500, with a maroon or red tailgate. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Miramar Police Department at (954) 602-4000 and press 0 for communications.

3. Florida records a new record-high number of coronavirus deaths
Florida's record 186 newly reported deaths and 9,230 cases, the third day in a row they were under five digits, were the most in the nation Tuesday, representing 15 percent of the total in each category.

The death toll also passed 6,000 among residents. Deaths have hit triple digits all within the past few weeks, including the previous record of 173 last Thursday.

The overall positive rate was a record 12.68 compared with 12.59 Monday.

4. St. Lucie County decriminalizes mask mandate, but it'll still cost you
St. Lucie County commissioners agreed to remove criminal penalties for those caught violating the mask ordinance.

Initially, the emergency order said if you violated the mask mandate, you could have faced fines along with a second-degree misdemeanor charge.

County leaders voted Tuesday morning to remove the misdemeanor charge and keeping the fines in place. Residents can still be fined $25 for the first offense, $62.50 for the second offense and $125 for the third offense.

5. As if coronavirus wasn't enough, human case of West Nile virus confirmed in PBC
Health officials in Palm Beach County announced Monday a human case of West Nile virus that was acquired locally.

The case was discovered after the victim donated blood last week, which tested positive for West Nile antibodies.

The Florida Department of Health advised residents there has been a recent increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Palm Beach County.

Today's Forecast
This morning, temperatures starting off in the mid-upper 70s under partly cloudy skies and isolated showers. This afternoon, highs in the upper 80s-low 90s, partly sunny skies and low rain chances.

South Florida weather 7/28/20

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
The U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space, on July 29, 1958.