Advisory Issued for All Los Angeles County Beaches as Rain Storm Hits Southern California

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All those planning to visit L.A. beaches are cautioned to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in the water around discharging storm outlets, as waters may be contaminated from the rain storm moving through Southern California, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.

Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other health hazards are likely to flow into the ocean from city streets and mountain areas, contaminating the water near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers.

Beaches near burn areas are also likely to contain more hazardous chemicals from burned debris.

Anyone who enters the waters near these outlets can become ill, especially children and the elderly, health officials warn.

Beach areas that do not have discharging outlets are not included in the advisory, and residents can still visit them, but are cautioned to avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after significant rainfall, officials say.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health's water quality map shows that all L.A. beaches may have bacteria levels that exceed state standards.

The powerful storm moving through Southern California Wednesday and Thursday prompted flash flood and mudslide warnings, and evacuation orders for burn areas.

The advisory is in effect until Dec. 7 morning, and may be extended if more rainfall is expected.

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