When a hurricane is approaching, most people are only worried about getting prepared for the storm itself. Not many people think about how hurricanes can positively impact the environment. Some of the positive effects include more rainfall, seed dispersal, and habitat modification. The heavy rainfall of a hurricane can be hazardous, but can also help average rainfall totals in the area. Hurricanes can also aid the spread of seeds in large and small plants in the area. They could also rearrange ecological areas for the betterment of the life around it. It could potentially improve crop growth and “clean” out waterways.
Photo Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution