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Tropical Storm Nicole; social influences on health; FEMA help in Palatka; early voting and mail ballots

Tropical Storm Ian flooded parts of San Marco in late September, as seen here on Palm Avenue and Lasalle Street.
Dan Scanlan
Tropical Storm Ian flooded parts of San Marco in late September, as seen here on Palm Avenue and Lasalle Street.

A powerful storm packing torrential rain and damaging winds is on track to slam Florida’s east coast as voters head to the polls for the midterms.

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall early Thursday in South Florida, with tropical storm conditions as far north as Georgia. The storm comes as many across Florida continue to endure the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Guest: Megan Borowski, meteorologist for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network and Florida Storms.

Social influences on health

On this day that’s making both weather and political news, we want to also take a few minutes to discuss our health.

A symposium was held in our area last week on the social determinants of health. Numerous studies suggest that social factors account for 80% of health outcomes.


Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Mintu Bachan, CEO of C3S, a Jacksonville AI health software company.

FEMA help in Palatka

Even with Tropical Storm Nicole coming, a new disaster recovery center has opened in Palatka for people still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Guest: Kim Fuller, Office of External Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Early voting and mail ballots

About 30% of registered Duval County voters have already cast a ballot — that’s more than 136,000 people who voted early and 58,000 mail ballots. Republicans have voted early more often than Democrats.

Guest: Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today.

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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.