ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — Just when Bay area residents thought Hurricane Michael might help wash away some red tide along the Florida west coast, it may not have. 

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The fish kills have returned to some spots. 

As north as Belleair and down to St. Pete Beach, dead fish began washing up again Thursday. Cleanup crews returned to the beach to pick up dead fish. 

Still, scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota are analyzing if or how much the hurricane impacted the red tide bloom. The results of the latest tests are expected next week. 

Authorities performed tests near John's Pass, on Madeira Beach, Redington Beach and on Indian Rocks Beach.