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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday the state is as prepared as it can be for hurricane season, but residents should prepare individually for their families, including knowing your evacuation zone. Officials predict a fairly normal hurricane season — but in even a normal season, there can be very damaging storms. 

The season kicked off with near-record warm activity on the Atlantic as the National Hurricane Center declared a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico June 1, citing it as “a small preview of what the coming months will bring, especially late August and September, when the season peaks and the risk of severe storm damage escalates for both coastal zones and even areas much farther inland,” according to The Washington Post

For resources on how to be prepared for the season, Charleston City Paper offered a guide for hurricane preparedness, including an emergency kit checklist and safety tips.

In other headlines:

CP: Breeze now flies from Charleston to Charleston. Breeze Airlines now offers a $39 one-way flight every Wednesday and Saturday between Charleston, S.C. and Charleston, W.V. as part of 37 new and returning flights available across the country over the summer. Meanwhile, the Charleston airport has upped its K-9 presence to help detection of bomb threats in a special partnership with TSA. 

CP: Latest Piccolo + Spoleto reviews stories. The Charleston City Paper has published more than 40 stories in the last week about Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which ends June 11. Check out the latest. Meanwhile, Spoleto performers reflect on the shows so far. 

IAAM plans celebratory events as museum opening nears. The International African American Museum is expected to open June 27, and the community is invited to attend celebratory events across Charleston such as a multi-faith worship and prayer service on June 22.

Charleston Co. deputies sued for over 20 police-related events. Since December 2012, there have been at least 33 crashes involving cops for either the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Police Department or North Charleston Police Department, which led to the deaths of nearly 20 people and has cost the three governments nearly $2.93 million in civil judgments.

Trident Medical Center cuts ribbon on new mental health facility. Live Oak Mental Health and Wellness will officially open to patients on Tuesday, being the first freestanding mental health hospital in the Lowcountry in more than 30 years.

Charleston to preview options for Piggly Wiggly site. Charleston residents will have a chance to review three proposals for the redevelopment of a former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley along Sam Rittenberg Boulevard June 8.

  • To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

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