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Expecting new red tide maps on Friday

Posted at 7:03 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 07:03:43-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- We're expecting an update Friday to find out if red tide is getting worse along the Southwest Florida coast.

Right now, it's not looking great, though.

Florida Fish and Wildlife's latest data runs from last week through Tuesday of this week. It shows a lot of red dots from Collier County to Lee County, indicating high levels of red tide.

However, those levels look like they could go down.

On a recent map from NOAA, most of the Southwest Florida coast has an orange, or moderate, red tide risk.

There's also a new tool to check out. It's from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. It forecasts red tide risk at three beaches on Sanibel. As of Friday morning, it says there's a very low chance of having effects from red risk at Lighthouse Beach all day Friday.

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