Tampa Bay, Florida -- As Tampa Bay area residents continue to deal with red tide at area beaches, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed a new service that will alert residents to red tides in their area.
The NOAA says the alert is part of a broader experimental initiative the National Weather Service has been testing since June 2012, called the "Beach Hazards Statement," which alerts the public for coastal hazards such as rip currents.
"Currently, the National Ocean Service forecasts harmful algal blooms to give state and local organizations advanced warning and therefore more options to manage the impacts," said Richard Edwing, director of NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. Through this partnership with the National Weather Service, we can broaden public awareness about harmful algal blooms, their potential impacts and possible precautionary measures."
ONLINE: Beach Hazards Statements for the Tampa Bay area
They will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and other National Weather Service systems, for broader dissemination.
The public is invited to comment on the usefulness of the Beach Hazard Statements and to help NOAA evaluate whether the statements should be used in other parts of the country.
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