A rain advisory was issued for Long Beach’s waters following Monday morning’s thunderstorm that also brought heavy winds.
As part of the advisory, the public should avoid contact with the city’s oceans and bays for 72 hours, according to Nelson Kerr, manager of the Bureau of Environmental Health.
Acting Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno issued the rain advisory Monday after the city experienced more than 0.1 inches of rainfall early in the morning.
“After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches,” the advisory stated.
The advisory will be in effect through March 10 and may be extended if additional rain happens before that date, officials said.
The National Weather Service has also issued a wind advisory for the city that will remain in effect until 9:00AM Tuesday, March 8. NWS officials said west winds are between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
“Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for drivers with high profile vehicles,” NWS officials stated. “When driving use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty winds.”
The temperature in Long Beach was predicted to hit 62 degrees at its peak. The city saw some rain over the weekend and continued to experience rain, combined with thunder and lightning, for a few hours early Monday morning, followed by heavy winds that caused downed power lines and power outages for parts of the area.