NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Lifeguards at area beaches were on high alert over the weekend as the danger of rip currents increased along the south shore of Long Island.

The after-effects of Hurricane Arthur prompted several towns to use more beach patrol staff to warn swimmers of the risks of rip currents.

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“As long as you’re relaxed and you’re floating you’re going to be living. The rip current doesn’t last forever, it starts to dissipate,” beach supervisor, John Skudin said.

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More than a dozen Long Island beaches were closed to swimming to do concerns about bacteria levels caused by heavy rains that generate storm water runoff. Most of those beaches have reopened.

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