Tropical Storm Elsa takes aim at Florida
Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to move near the lower Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas on Tuesday, after it slammed ashore in Cuba Monday. The storm prompted 180,000 Cubans to flee their homes, but there were no early reports of serious damage. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to be near the Florida Keys early Tuesday and would then pass near or over portions of Florida’s west coast by late Tuesday and into Wednesday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded an existing state of emergency to cover a dozen counties. In addition to heavy rain, a few tornadoes are possible across the Florida Peninsula. The storm is posing a new threat to rescue efforts at the condo building that collapsed in Surfside, just outside Miami, on June 24. On Monday, lightning forced crews to pause the search for victims and a garage area in the rubble filled with water, officials said. The collapse killed 28 people and 117 remain missing, authorities said.
NBA Finals tip off with Phoenix and Milwaukee
Game 1 of the NBA Finals gets underway when the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks take the floor Tuesday. The Suns, who are the betting favorites and have home court advantage, are making their first Finals appearance since 1993. On the other side, the Bucks are ending an even longer drought, reaching the final round for the first time in 47 years. Phoenix took both games against Milwaukee in the regular season, in a pair of dramatic one-point victories. For Milwaukee, many eyes will be on two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and whether he will be able to play for the Eastern Conference champions. Antetokounmpo has been sidelined since injuring his knee against the Atlanta Hawks on June 29. Tuesday’s game in Phoenix is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Next round of ranked-choice preferences in NYC mayoral primary to be released
The latest round of ranked-choice preferences in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary is expected to be conducted Tuesday. In the most recent count released on June 30, Eric Adams garnered 51.1% of the votes tallied and Kathryn Garcia was second, with 48.9%. Those results were available one day after 135,000 “test” ballots were mistakenly added, then removed. Moreover, that round of results did not include absentee ballots, leaving room for a significant swing. No Democratic candidate won an outright majority in the election on June 22, so the ranked choice preferences of voters are redistributed, as the candidates with the fewest number of first choice votes are eliminated in a series of rounds. The process continues until two candidates are left, and the person with the most votes wins. Partially due to this process, certified results are not expected until later in the month.
PGA, NFL stars to team up in ‘The Match’
Two of the best players in the NFL will face off against each other a little earlier than usual this year when Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady compete in this year’s edition of “The Match.” The two quarterbacks will team up with golf stars Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson for a made-for-TV golf match. Brady, a member of the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be paired with Mickelson, the winner of this year’s PGA Championship, and Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, will team up with 2020 U.S. Open champion DeChambeau. Mickelson and Brady have paired up in a previous edition of “The Match,” losing against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in May 2020.
Chipotle offering deals to vaccinated customers as officials continue push for inoculations
Chipotle Mexican Grill is the latest restaurant to provide customers an incentive to get vaccinated, with the eatery offering buy-one-get-one free burritos, starting Tuesday. The company’s promotion is part of the National Month of Action for vaccinations, an effort by President Joe Biden’s administration to get at least 70% of adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July. Although the White House conceded last month that it would fall short the goal, Biden continued to push for Americans to get vaccinated. “My fellow Americans, it’s the most patriotic thing you can do.” he said during a Fourth of July party Sunday. “So please, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it now. For yourselves, for your loved ones, for your community.”
Contributing: The Associated Press