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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity for the coming season, which starts June 1. 

NOAA projected a 70% probability of 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes. Last year, the season ended with 21 named storms, seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes. The administration called last year the third most active season for named storms. 

Locals, companies and groups like the The South Carolina American Red Cross are prepping for the active hurricane season. 

In other headlines: 

Carnival cruise ship to leave Charleston ports in 2024. The State Ports Authority announced Wednesday it did not renew its contract with cruise line Carnival in an attempt to redevelop Union Pier. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenberg and environmental advocacy groups praised the decision in hopes for a better future along the water and for the City of Charleston. The last Carnival docking is expected to take place at the end of 2024.

S.C. leaders react to Texas shooting. South Carolina leaders are reacting with a mix of grief, anger, frustration and compassion in the wake of a deadly school shooting Tuesday afternoon in Texas that killed at least 19 children and two adults.

Family of three women who died in car crash demand transparency.  The family of three women who died Mother’s Day evening after a car crash involving a Charleston County Deputy are demanding answers and action after nearly three weeks since the crash. The deputy involved in the accident remains on administrative leave, and the Sheriff’s Office only remains in contact with the victims’ lawyers when appropriate. Evidence is currently being gathered by the family’s lawyers.

Middleton enters Charleston mayoral race. Army veteran and public affairs professional Clay Middleton has joined the Charleston mayoral race, running on a platform that prioritizes funding for affordable housing, incentives for small businesses and support for women and minority-owned businesses.

Lowcountry representative continues to push for metal detectors in schools. U.S. Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D.-Charleston continues to push for bill H.4580, allowing the installation of metal detectors in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as athletic venues across the state.

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