Florida is seeing another spike in COVID-19 fatalities. The Department of Health reported 150 additional fatalities Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll to 12,946.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The DOH also reported more than 3,100 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic is just shy of 669,000.
— Gov. Ron DeSantis expands the state of emergency for Hurricane Sally. Originally it was limited to the western end of the Panhandle. Now, the emergency zone includes everything from Pensacola to just west of Tallahassee.
— Speaking of storms, the Public Service Commission signs off on a deal to compensate Gulf Power for all the money they spent rebuilding their system after Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle almost 2 years ago.
— Don’t feel too bad for power companies, though. They’re still getting almost $290 million.
— The first votes for Florida’s General Election have been cast — all 42 of them. These were the first of the mail-in ballots reported to the state elections office.
— Joe Biden brings his presidential campaign to the Sunshine State, hosting a roundtable in Tampa to talk about our service members, and our President.
—Biden shares his thoughts on the military and Donald Trump.
— And finally, a Florida Man was shot in the face after complaining about how long it was taking to get his smoothie. Plus, the story of three Florida teens who could become Florida Men. It all depends on whether prosecutors decide to try them as adults.