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Will a Harmful Red Tide Sweep Across Southwest Florida?

The algae can cause respiratory problems in humans and animals
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This August 23, 2006, photo shows an algae bloom off the coast of Coquina Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune-News Channel 8, Paul Lamison)

A red tide may be seen across parts of the southwestern Florida coast through Thursday, prompting the Tampa National Weather Service to release a Beach Hazards Statement Tuesday.

The term "red tide" is used to describe a bloom of harmful algal species called Karenia brevis, which can cause respiratory problems in humans and animals.

"Red tides can have significant environmental impacts and threaten the health of some people," said Richard Edwing, director of NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.

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Respiratory irritation in humans can occur when an algal bloom of the red tide organism is present along the coast and winds blow the aerosol it produces on shore, according to the National Weather Service.

Symptoms associated with a red tide are typically temporary and can include coughing, sneezing, and itching and tearing eyes. Symptoms may be worse in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or other chronic respiratory disorders.

Red tides can also be harmful to marine life. Reports of dead fish have already been received from Charlotte County, Fla.

The red tide beach hazard is in effect for Sarasota, Charlotte, Northern Lee, Central and Southern Lee Counties, according to the NWS Service.

NOAA Respiratory Impact Forecast by County:

Sarasota County: Alongshore/Gulf side and in the Bay Regions patchy moderate respiratory impacts are possible through Thursday.

Charlotte County and Northern Lee County: Alongshore/Gulfside patchy moderate respiratory impacts are possible through Thursday. In bay regions, patchy high respiratory impacts possible through Thursday.

Central and Southern Lee County: Alonshore/Gulfside patchy moderate respiratory impacts are possible through Thursday.

For more weather news, visit AccuWeather.com.

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Josephine

Sounds like beautiful Rita has no clue maybe no brain either.

February 07 2013 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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silverraven06

Red tide is a natural occurring event, not global warming. Rita is correct, even the article states that the algae is the cause.

February 07 2013 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karmine Terracciano

Keep Surfing
Keep Surfing

February 07 2013 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karmine Terracciano

Keep Surfing

February 07 2013 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn

dennismlns

P.S. I am a Christian Minister, and the book of Hezekiah is a false book, I have actually read my Bible cover to cover once a year for the last 12 years, so take your false profasies elsewhere, us TRUE Christians won\'t buy it.


Really, you can read a book 12 times cover to cover, and yet you can\'t spell Prophecies?

Damn your dumb.

February 07 2013 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cory

Maybe the earth needs Preparation H.

February 06 2013 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dennismlns

You trying to say that the red tide is a pain in the a**?

February 06 2013 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don Carter

"And Lo! In that place where the foolish shall rule and the meek shall be kept from voting, the oceans soon shall turn to blood." Hezekiah 20:12

February 06 2013 at 8:45 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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dennismlns

Which Bible did you use? Hezekiah doesn't exist in either the Catholic, nor the King James version of the bible, though he is mentioned in 2 Kings, in both.

February 06 2013 at 10:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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dennismlns

P.S. I am a Christian Minister, and the book of Hezekiah is a false book, I have actually read my Bible cover to cover once a year for the last 12 years, so take your false profasies elsewhere, us TRUE Christians won't buy it.

February 06 2013 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Beautiful Rita

Pay NO ATTENTION to the freak behind the curtain!!!!!!!
Red Tide is NOTHING new to Florida.
To us it is no big deal.
It is not due to global warming but they will try to scare you that it is.

February 06 2013 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Berg

The oceans are only 2 miles deep, they create 75% of the Earth's oxygen, and the worst pollution is agricultural runoff... and inspite of all the red flags.... google: red tides. mass fish kills. ocean dead zones, coral reefs dying. etc. humans are breeding like a cancer.... exponentially... there isn't much hope... in thirty years mass extinction or nuke war... take a choice... mensunion org There's an article on a mass fish kill in Iceland yesterday... be scared, be very scared... our children will suffocate to death, someday.

February 06 2013 at 6:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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cimarelli427

70% of the Earth is covered by water and it only provides 50% of the Oxygen. Which means the other 50% of oxygen comes from photosynthesis on only 30% of the Earth. Photosynthesis is therefore a Greater provider of oxygen. Quit Fear mongering you Imbecile.

February 06 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dennismlns

Actually the deepest part of the ocean is 6.7878589 miles. deep, that is a bit more than 2 miles, by more than 3 times, you should read more before you stick your foot in your mouth like that.

February 06 2013 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
captmorg

I love how the link it to "climate change"......even inadvertently....it's bad reporting..PC BS

February 06 2013 at 4:55 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
jack

Sure does effect the Fishing,,,& no it`s not every year,,,, Google Red Tide

February 06 2013 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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