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City orders beaches closed as Dorian approaches; coastal warnings issued for Brooklyn, Staten Island, parts of Queens


New York City beaches will close this weekend due to Hurricane Dorian. (Erin Cadigan/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The city is closing its beaches Friday and Saturday as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast.

Dorian, which killed at least 20 people in the Bahamas and hit the Carolinas Thursday, could cause rip currents and possible ocean swells of up to 10 feet along New York City shorelines, officials said Thursday.

“Due to dangerous conditions from Hurricane Dorian, it is not safe to allow people in the water,” city officials announced in a tweet Thursday night.

The National Weather Service has also issued coastal flood advisories for southern Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, starting at 1 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday.

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The Staten Island Ferry is operating as normal, but inclement weather could cause cancellations or delays, city officials said.