The county health department issued advisories for 67 county beaches Tuesday morning, warning locals that runoff from the morning's heavy rains could cause bacteria levels to spike at local bathing spots.
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is warning against swimming in many beaches along the Long Island Sound and the Great South Bay as a result, including 12 local beaches.
Local beaches include Sound Beach West, Scotts Beach and Tides Beach in Sound Beach, Beech Road Beach, Broadway Beach, Terraces on the Sound and Friendship Drive Beach in Rocky Point, Shoreham Village Beach, Shoreham Shore Club Beach and Shoreham Beach in Shoreham, and Miller Place Park Beach and Woodhull Landing Beach in Miller Place, which are all susceptible to heavy runoff following big storms.
With rains expected through Tuesday as well, unless sampling done by the Department finds elevated bacterial numbers beyond the 24-hr period, this advisory will be lifted at 10 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, the county asks locals to visit their website.