Now that Hurricane Dorian has moved away from the Sunshine State, the question becomes, what lingering effects will it have on our beaches.
Erosion up and down Florida's coast is a possibility because, "Wind action and more furious wave action could contribute to the beaches eroding more than they normally would," but University of Florida, Florida Sea Grant Agent Miami-Dade County Ana Zangroniz adds, "Because our beaches are eroding all the time. And managing the loss of sand is a challenge for local governments and those regulatory bodies involved."
She anticipates we could also see increased marine debris possibly from the Bahamas; however, "It would be really hard without having a direct tie such as a stamp, or something, or a brand name or a label that would indicate it's coming from there."
She adds it's too early to know if current and prevailing wind carried sargassum seaweed will return to blanket Miami-Dade's beaches like we dealt with earlier this summer.
While it'll take some time to calculate the damage, the storm could have a positive effect on stressed coral suffering in the hottest ocean temperatures of the year.
"When we have a hurricane close to our shores that can potentially churn up water and bring cooler water from offshore and bring it closer to shore giving a little bit of relief to those animals," says Zangroniz.