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In the past year, Florida was plagued by red water, a dangerous algal bloom that kills marine life and is typically crystal clear water-brown and smelly.
But after Hurricane Michael drew through the Gulf Coast, large parts of the state could take a break from the algae, which had caused huge amounts of fish, birds, dolphins and more to kill themselves on the Florida coast.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) monitors the amount of Karenia brevis cells, the microorganism that causes red tides, in the water. The group reported low or no traces of it in many parts of the Gulf Coast where recent red tides existed. The data used represent the most recent eight days of sampling.
It was not immediately clear whether Hurricane Michael was the cause of the sharp fall in the red tide, but Tom Frankovich, a biologist at Florida International University, said storms can help break the algae.
"It is as if the ocean water in the hurricane goes through one large blender thoroughly and spreads over a larger area," said Frankovich.
Frankovich said that the hurricane also causes turbidity in the water, which means that the amount of light entering the water decreases and that part of the colder lower level of the sea water is also brought to the surface. Both factors make it more difficult for red tide to survive.
With the exception of two areas of "low" or "very low" detection of Karenia brevis cells, the daily FWC sample map shows no apparent tide on the west coast of Collier County in southwest Florida to Manatee County, about 174 miles north.
It is unclear whether the levels of red tide were dropping before the storm, but NBC News affiliate WFLA published an FWC card on October 5 that showed the land between Collier County and Manatee County dotted with indicators of low, average and high concentrations of Karenia brevis cells.
A point on the map that remains unchanged is Pinellas County, just north of Manatee County, which still showed a red dot and two orange dots on Saturday, indicating an average and high level of Karenia brevis- cells.
Frankovich said that the red tide in Pinellas has the potential to spread across the coast.
"It moves with currents and is driven by wind," said Frankovich, adding that red tide has spread from one area to another "in the past, and we would expect it to continue in the future."
Much of the red flood also seems to have subsided in Florida's panhandle, where only one point on the map near Santa Rosa Island indicated an average level of Karenia brevis cells. On the east coast, from Broward County to St. Lucie County, the concentration of Karenia brevis cells is overwhelmingly "low" to "very low".
While parts of Florida may have a break from the red water, Frankovich warned that hurricane Michael might cause a new bloom along the line.
Frankovich pointed to 2004 when an active hurricane season caused a particularly ruthless red tide the following year.
"The hurricane is coming to solve things … and the number of cells is dropping, but when a hurricane dumps water on the land and the water drains from the land, it brings more nutrients into the Gulf," Frankovich said. "If it reaches areas where there are flowers, this can give it a new fuel."