Your Florida Daily: 1st Republican debate, tropics bubbling with systems

Plus: The Bridge to Nowhere

FILE - Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves at the Republican Party of Iowa's 2023 Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, July 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (Charlie Neibergall, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The first Republican presidential nomination debate is just days away and Governor Ron DeSantis has dismissed a leaked debate strategy memo from top advisors at a DeSantis-supporting super PAC.

The memo, which Axios first reported, outlined a strategy to defend Donald Trump if the former president comes under attack from other candidates.

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DeSantis spent the weekend in New Hampshire campaigning at a parade event.

The first debate, hosted by Fox News, is set for Wednesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Hillary slam Southern California, the National Hurricane Center is tracking three tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical storms Emily, Franklin and Gert have officially formed but forecasters say all three pose no immediate threat to Florida.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average hurricane season.

Record-warm ocean temperatures could contribute to a more active late summer and fall, with six to 11 hurricanes, including two to five reaching major hurricane strength.

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The four astronauts of Crew-7 are waking up on the Space Coast ahead of this week’s planned liftoff.

The crew arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.

Jasmin Moghbeli will command the Crew-7 mission — the seventh operational mission to the International Space Station.

She’s the only NASA astronaut on the crew but has never been to space before.

The other crew members include a Japanese astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut with the European Space Agency.

The crew is set to spend six months on the space station doing experiments.

Liftoff for Crew-7 is currently set for Friday at 3:49 a.m.

Random Florida Fact

Floating along the Suwannee River in Live Oak, Florida — you’ll likely spot an abandoned bridge overhead covered with colorful spray paint.

The Suwannee Springs Bridge, also referred to by locals as The Bridge to Nowhere, has become an ever-changing canvas for graffiti.

The truss bridge was built in 1931 and remains open for foot and bike traffic or anyone who has an artistic message to share.

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Katrina Scales is a producer for the News 6+ Takeover at 3:30 p.m. She also writes and voices the podcast Your Florida Daily. Katrina was born and raised in Brevard County and started her journalism career in radio before joining News 6 in June 2021.