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Red tide clearing up after Michael

Red tide clearing up after Michael
Red tide clearing up after Michael
Posted at 3:18 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 23:29:34-04

(WTXL) - As people along the Florida's panhandle continue to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Michael's devastation, others say the hurricane is providing some relief from red tide.

Families are returning to the waters near Anna Maria Island.

Two months ago, in the same exact spot on Sarasota Bay, there were dead fish everywhere. Now the water is clear and you can easily breathe.

State maps show Manatee County is in the clear, with the bloom nearly gone from the waters of Anna Maria Island. State scientists say Michael pushed the bloom north, so some parts of Pinellas County are still seeing medium levels of red tide near St. Pete Beach.

Captain Fannon is hopeful the winds will continue to move the bloom offshore and away from our area.

"Since Michael it has all cleared up, that's the one thing we were hoping for is that it would be enough to blast the red tide out of here," Fannon said.