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Tropical Storm Ian was upgraded into a hurricane Sunday as it headed to slam into Cuba before potentially strengthening and striking the Gulf coast of Florida. Officials in that state have called up the National Guard to deal with the emergency and a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Keys.

The 5 a.m. Monday storm map by the National Hurricane Center shows the storm possibly impacting weather as a heavy storm from Alabama to South Carolina by 2 a.m. Saturday. But some stories say it’s too early to predict the impact on South Carolina, where some grocery stores on Sunday already were selling out of water.

In other headlines:

Gas prices in S.C. continue to fall. Prices were down another 4.2% last week bringing the state’s average per gallon price to $3.16.

Audit shows state drug abuse agency has a lot of work to do. “The state agency that combats drug and alcohol abuse and other addictions is riddled with problems in the way it handles money, delivers services and supervises its staff, according to a new state audit report. And that raises questions about whether it’s up to the job of handling the new funds.”

McMaster, Cunningham trade dubious law enforcement claims. In the race for governor, the two leading candidates are trading barbs over what this article calls dubious law enforcement claims.

Mace says she believes GOP may press to impeach Biden. GOP Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said she believes there is “pressure” for the House GOP to impeach President Biden if her party takes over the House in November. Meanwhile in Charleston, Mace’s Democratic challenger, Dr. Annie Andrews, spoke about children’s issues Saturday with state superintendent candidate Lisa Ellis.

Elton John gives shout-out to Lindsey Graham. Elton John gave a shout-out to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a White House concert for his support in the fight against AIDS.

North Charleston port buys six rail-mounted cranes. At $47 million, it’s the first for a new rail yard adjacent to the Leatherman Terminal in Charleston.

Dorchester Co. farmer suing state agencies over hemp crop. A Dorchester County farmer is suing several state agencies for denying his due process rights after they destroyed his hemp crop in 2019.

Murdaugh estate under contract. This story asks whether it’s creepy that the estate where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh is under contract for $3.9 million.

“Halloween, S.C.” is Conway by any other name. Conway has temporarily and unofficially changed its name to “Halloween, S.C.”

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