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Swim advisory lifted at 60 Suffolk beaches

Dozens take the plunge into the Great South

Dozens take the plunge into the Great South Bay at James A. Caples Memorial Park Memorial Beach. Credit: Kevin Traynor, 2011

A beach advisory issued Monday warning residents to avoid bathing at 60 Suffolk County beaches was lifted Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

The warning was issued after Monday's heavy rainfall and the potential for heavy runoff that could have increased bacterial levels, according to a release. The advisory was lifted as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The notice affected beaches that are currently open for the season, including some along the northern shore of Great South Bay, within and adjacent to North Shore embayments and Long Island Sound beaches that are typically impacted by stormwater discharge.

On Tuesday the health department also announced the closing to bathers of Stony Brook Yacht Club beach as a result of finding higher-than-acceptable bacterial levels.

The rain also led Nassau County to close 14 beaches on the North Shore and four on the South Shore, which remain closed Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for the Nassau County Department of Health. They could be reopened Wednesday, depending on any rainfall Tuesday night, she said.

Learn more about beach closings and openings at Suffolk County's hotline at 631-852-5822, and Nassau's, 516-227-9700.

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