SOUTHWEST Fla. - Tropical Storm Barry and a massive algae bloom are coming together in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The bloom is sitting along the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, forcing beaches to close because of the toxic water. With Barry set to bring in several inches of rain and wind, experts say the bloom could likely break up and shift around. 

FGCU marine professor Dr. James Douglass said he doesn’t think the algae will be able to make its way to our shores.

“This algae is not likely to drift all the way to us. This algae requires fresh water and would have to pass through salt water to get all the way to us,” Douglass said. “The storm might worsen the algae problem in Mississippi, but it’s not likely to spread this particular algae all the way to us.” 

Douglass said his biggest concern is the amount of rain we could see from the tropical storm. He said heavy rain creates more runoff, which can send nutrients into our water. The algae then feeds on the nutrients and thrives. 

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