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NY officials close beaches as storm passes

NEW YORK - NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay out of the water at scores of New York beaches because of high surf and pollution churned up by the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny.

On Long Island, Nassau County's health department closed 20 beaches Saturday because of heavy rainfall. Suffolk County closed two beaches and advised against bathing at 64 more.

Storm water runoff often leads to sewage discharges and elevated bacteria levels on Long Island sound.

Health officials say the beaches will be reopened once tidal cycles have flushed the area.

A smaller number of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island were affected. New York City banned swimming at its beaches because of rip currents, but said people can still use the sand.

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