It will take more than a hurricane to shake Florida’s red tide

Even a hurricane isn’t powerful enough to dislodge a toxic algal bloom from Florida’s shores. When Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida panhandle last week, scientists wondered whether the storm would finally shake loose the red tide clinging to the state’s coastline. The harmful algal bloom has been killing off fish and releasing plumes of neurotoxins for months — and even after enduring surging seas and winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Before Michael hit, experts speculated the bloom could play out in a few different ways: the storm could break up the bloom, make it worse, or a combination of both. Now, with Florida recovering from Hurricane Michael and the dregs of Hurricane Willa on…

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Author: Rachel Becker

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