10 things you need to know today: September 15, 2023

1. Ripple effects seen throughout auto industry as UAW strikes

Ripple effects began to be seen across the auto industry Friday as the United Auto Workers launched a strike against the major American car manufacturers. UAW is now striking against Stellantis, General Motors and Ford, marking the first time in history that the major auto union has walked out on all three at the same time. As workers walked out on Friday, they were met with cheers at auto plants in Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Despite the strike likely causing a shortage of vehicles and auto supplies, UAW President Shawn Fain stressed that their actions were “not going to wreck the economy. The truth is we are going to wreck the billionaire economy.” CNN, The New York Times

2. Lee expected to bring flooding and storm winds to New England

Tropical Cyclone Lee is expected to bring hurricane-like weather to New England and parts of Atlantic Canada starting this weekend. The storm, which has been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane, has calmed prior to slamming the East Coast. However, experts predict that Lee will still present a high risk of flash flooding, particularly in Maine and portions of the northernmost coast of New England. Rainfall in these areas is expected to be significant, and high wind speeds of up to 60 mph are also likely to play a factor, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a forecast prediction. People across the region are being urged to stay indoors. CBS News, Newsweek

3. Florida GOP drops loyalty pledge for 2024 in win for Trump