Tropical Storm Hermine formed off the eastern coast of Mexico and packs a punch of 45 mile per hour winds as she makes landfall along the Texas/Mexico border. Hermine only reached tropical storm strength as she didn’t have a lot of time to stew in the Gulf of Mexico.
As I live in the Midwest, tropical storms or hurricanes rarely have winds in this area but occasionally we get a lot of rain involved with the system. The current track of Hermine is to take her into the heart of Oklahoma by early Thursday morning and then the remnants will surely move along some kind of frontal boundary to the east and eventually rain upon Kansas and Missouri.
As crops are getting ready to be harvested I just have one worry regarding Tropical Storm Hermine. Did she pick up any of the dispersants used in the Gulf oil spill? If she did, how high are the concentrations and can they kill crops?
As the rain will come down in America’s breadbasket I do wonder if any amounts of the harsh chemical dispersants used to break up the oil will be in the rain. Scientists have already said they are “alarmed” over the use of the dispersants as they may disrupt the Gulf food chain and kill fish. The concern stems from dispersants that kill plankton that shrimp and small fish eat thereby starving those animals and so on up the food chain.
The dispersants are labeled as toxic. Should they be rendered aerosol by the atmosphere and rain down upon the wheat and corn fields in the heartland by Tropical Storm Hermine, what will happen to the crops and drinking water that we rely upon? What of the immediate harm to Texans and their water as well?
Hopefully the Gulf of Mexico has already spread out the toxic chemicals already to low enough amounts. Otherwise, Tropical Storm Hermine may just be the beginning if a toxic acid rain falls on our vital crops.
The National Weather Service provided information on Tropical Storm Hermine and The Guardian provided information on the chemical dispersants.