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Hurricane Michael is likely to affect the Florida Red Tide bloom. What's not yet clear is how.
Michael was a category 4 storm packing 155mph winds when it made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL on Wednesday. On land, the storm destroyed countless structures. It was just as merciless on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico as it made its way north.
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"The whole ocean was being thrown into a blender and spit back out," said Tom Frankovich, a research associate professor in Florida International University's Institute of Water and Environment. "At the same time, this rough water disrupts the [Red Tide] cells and it aerosolizes the toxins further."
Winds from the storm could push those aerosolized particles farther inland and affect people beyond the coast,...
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