Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Strengthening Storm Could Hit Florida

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Strengthening Storm Could Hit Florida

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MIAMI - Newly named Tropical Storm Michael could strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The hurricane center upgraded the tropical depression in the Caribbean to a named tropical storm, saying it had winds of up to 40 mph.

The storm could strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday said he planned to declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area of the state. The declaration would free up resources for storm preparation.

The storm was about 90 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, by midday Sunday.

Flu vaccine is plentiful

Millions of doses of the flu vaccine - up to 168 million - will be available to protect people from the strains of the influenza virus that should be most common in the 2018-19 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot by the end of this month. That's because it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine for the antibodies against flu to develop, and the flu generally starts spreading by early November. Symptoms, which come on suddenly, can include fever, headache and muscle aches, chills and sweats, a cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and fatigue.

This year, the nasal spray vaccine, which was not recommended the past two flu seasons, is considered an acceptable alternative to the injectable vaccine. But children younger than 2 years, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, young children with asthma and people with compromised immune systems are among those who should not get the nasal vaccine. …

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