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Swimming is risky today at area beaches, weather service says

The water temperature is cold enough to make swimming in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario a tenuous proposition today.

Swift currents will make it downright hazardous, the National Weather Service cautions.

The weather service posted a beach hazards statement today for the Lake Erie beaches in Erie and Chautauqua counties and Lake Ontario beaches in Niagara and Orleans counties.

Strong currents generated by brisk westerly winds with gusts up to 35 mph are expected to create dangerous swimming conditions and high risk for swimmers, the weather service said.

"This means life-threatening waves and currents are expected," the weather service said. "Stay out of the water and stay away from dangerous areas like piers and breakwalls."

What's more, an ongoing discharge from a Dunkirk sewage plant is also creating hazardous conditions along the shoreline near Wright Park, according to the state's NY-Alert notification system.

The notification reported that the multi-day discharge estimated at more than 6 million gallons of partially-treated solid waste was occurring into Lake Erie at Wright Park.

Here's the notification:

This morning's notice from NY-Alert.


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