Storm runoff closes 67 beaches in Suffolk

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Recent heavy rains -- and possible resulting bacteria from runoff -- have prompted an advisory for bathers warning against going in the water at 67 area beaches, Suffolk County health officials said Monday.

The beaches are in areas that are affected by storm water runoff or in "an enclosed embayment," experiencing "limited tidal flushing," a release said.

The affected beaches include those "along the northern shoreline of Great South Bay, in Sag Harbor, within and adjacent to various North Shore embayments (Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Harbor and Bay, Centerport Harbor, Northport Harbor and Bay, Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, and Stony Brook Harbor), and those Long Island Sound beaches that are directly impacted by nearby storm water discharges," the release said.

The health department advises that water contact "be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by two successive tidal cycles (at least a 24-hour period) after the cessation of rainfall."

Rain is in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday, with about an inch and a half of rain expected and several days of possible rain to follow, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory will be lifted 24 hours after the rain stops -- this unless sampling indicates "elevated bacterial numbers," the release said.

To learn more, call the county's bathing beach hotline at 631-852-5822 and see suffolkcountyny.gov/health

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