Hurricanes like Dorian can impact our drinking water

Michael Sukop, professor at FIU.

With the 2020 hurricane season off to an early start, people in the Bahamas are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Dorian. The category 5 hurricane’s devastating storm surges over Grand Bahama caused the sea water to overflow their freshwater wells with salt, restricting water use.

Michael Sukop, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, recently spoke to WLRN-FM about how this could also happen in South Florida. With similar geology to that of the Bahamas and sea level rise posing a threat, our drinking water supply could face a similar fate if a powerful hurricane like Dorian were to strike South Florida and produce comparable storm surge.

To read the news story by Daniel Rivero, visit WLRN.