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Officials Worried Tropical Storm Beryl May Cause Beach Erosion On Long Island

Beach goers at Robert Moses State Park’s Field 5  (file/credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Beach goers at Robert Moses State Park’s Field 5 (file/credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – As Tropical Storm Beryl slams the coast in parts of Florida and Georgia, officials in New York are worried about what damage it could bring to some of Long Island’s most popular beaches.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Beryl made landfall just after midnight Monday near Jacksonville Beach in Florida and while the storm is not expected to impact our area, it could bring higher tides that eat away at already eroded beaches on Long Island, like Robert Moses State Park’s Field 5.

“I think that’s something to be concerned about,” said one beach goer. “I think they should be prepared for this.”

Officials said they’re keeping an eye on Beryl.

“During this time of year, we usually see sand building up,” state parks spokesman George Gorman told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “If we don;t see that and sand start being taking away, a field like Robert Moses Field 5, we might have to close. It’s a shame because it’s our most popular beach front.”

A frontal system coming south from the Great Lakes is expected to push weakened Beryl into the Atlantic Ocean later in the week.

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