Barry & the blue-green algae concern along the Mississippi coast

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GULF COAST, Miss. (WLOX) - For months, WLOX has been reporting the latest information on the algae bloom that has affected every beach on the Gulf Coast. As a result of the algae bloom, the entire shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast went under warning late last month.

Many residents worried about their safety after learning Hurricane Barry could potentially travel in the same waterways they were warned not to make contact with.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) said the following:

"It is our understanding that algae that washes ashore would likely dehydrate & die. We encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings, and if they see a Harmful Algal Bloom after the storm passes to contact MDEQ and/or local emergency management officials." - Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Although the storm is expected to bring heavy rain and potential flooding to the Gulf Coast, it could possibly be beneficial as far as this issue is concerned.

According to Dr. Monty Graham from the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, it is more about the wind direction than the mixing of waters. He says a weak tropical system making landfall to our east around Mobile could help improve conditions in the Mississippi Sound.

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