Via National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Lee is expected to continue strengthening Friday after quickly intensifying into a powerful Category 5 storm Thursday evening. Lee is packing destructive maximum sustained winds of 165 mph hundreds of miles east of the Caribbean.

Its impact on the East Coast is still unclear, but virtually all of the computer “spaghetti” models show it turning north in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. While forecasts show no immediate threat to anyone on land, the strength of the hurricane is likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meanwhile, further east into the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Margot, formerly known as Tropical Depression 14, formed Thursday morning. Current models show Margot to head west-northwest with little to no impact affecting the East Coast. 

In CP news:

CP OPINION: Be on the lookout for Ellen Weaver and Big Brother in education. “As reported across the state, Weaver has cut ties with the S.C. Association of School Librarians, saying she prefers to communicate directly with school librarians instead of partnering with the organization as it has done for 50 years. Scary. If you think this smacks of Big Brother rather than people working together, you’d be right.”


CP COVER: Australian paramedics offer insights in Charleston EMS Program. Six Australian paramedics were recruited in a new statewide program to help alleviate a crisis of staffing for rescue workers. One paramedic offered insight into the transition from Australia to Charleston.

CP NEWS: Abortion landscape changes in S.C. In the wake of the recent S.C. Supreme Court decision to uphold the General Assembly’s six-week abortion ban, reproductive care advocates and elected officials are responding to the changing legal landscape.

CP NEWS: Moms for Liberty take aim at Charleston City Council seats. The local chapter of national right-wing political group Moms For Liberty appear to back three candidates for Charleston City Council — District 3’s Jim McBride, District 5’s Ron Call and District 9’s Mike Gastin.

CP NEWS: Lincolnville preserving the past, preparing for the future. The Lincolnville Town Council recently approved the district to identify and manage new development and redevelopment to ensure it’s consistent with the town’s cultural and natural landscape to help protect the historic settlement from future growth.

CP FOOD: Kwei Fei owners open new concept Beautiful South. David Schuttenberg and Tina Heath-Schuttenberg, the team behind James Island’s Kwei Fei, are known for bringing the fiery flavors of China’s Sichuan Province to the Lowcountry. Now, the couple are bringing another Chinese regional cuisine with their new Columbus Street concept, Beautiful South.

CP MUSIC: Charleston female musicians shine in the spotlight. The ladies (and musicians) behind Ohm Radio 96.3 are partnering with Feminist Magic Market and Commonhouse Aleworks in Park Circle to present an all-female musician showcase that takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 23.

In other news: 

Taxpayers pay thousands each year for gun violence. According to a research group, each South Carolina taxpayer pays an estimated $2,716 each year in relation to gun violence or a total of $13.9 billion for the entire state. Medical bills, follow-up care, lost wages, plus the cost of law enforcement investigations and the judicial system all add up.

Spirit Airlines launches services to Las Vegas, nonstops to Florida. Spirit Airlines now offers nonstop flights to Las Vegas, Nv., along with two more nonstop flights to Florida.

Charleston Literary Festival releases schedule. The annual Charleston Literary Festival announced its official lineup for the November event, featuring Margaret Atwood in a virtual session, Claire Keegan, Paul Harding, Lorrie Moore and Richard Ford.

How is a cannabis dry bar legal? High Rise Cannabis Dry Bar on Maybank Highway is the first of its kind in the state, which utilizes hemp-derived seltzers produced by High Rise Beverage Co. Its legality is complicated, according to one of the owners.

Goose Creek boat landing to begin dredging after many delays. After years of delays, the only saltwater access point in Berkeley County will now be more accessible for the community to enjoy as the Bushy Park Landing in Goose Creek begins dredging.

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