Will Hurricane Michael make Florida’s red tide better or worse?

When Hurricane Michael headed toward the Florida Panhandle, it churned up waters containing a toxic soup of algae called a red tide. For months, the red tide has been killing off sea creatures and wafting toxins towards land — and nobody really knows whether the storm will finally end the bloom, or fuel it even further.

Now the big question is what will happen to the red tide in the wake of the hurricane, as Quartz first reported. The storm could churn the water enough to break up the algae bloom and disperse the cells, says Tracy Fanara, an environmental engineer at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. That’s what she suspects will happen in the Florida Panhandle, where Hurricane Michael made landfall. But the hurricane…

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