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Portuguese man-of-wars storming beaches of Long Island

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 18:05:43-04

(PIX11) — Just in time for the July 4th holiday, dozens of Portuguese man-of-wars have been spotted on the shores of Long Island at popular beach spots like Montauk, Southhampton, and East Hampton beaches.

The venomous, jellyfish-like creatures are because southwesterb winds are pushing them up the East Coast, said beach officials.

They are normally spotted in a more tropical climates around the Gulf Coast and Florida.

A sting is painful, but experts said worse than that, it can cause an allergic reaction and that in very rare cases it can lead to death.

The last one was spotted on Friday.

Officials don’t think they’ll be a problem this holiday week or weekend, but they want beach-goers aware.

The beaches are safe, Eric Schultz, president of the Southampton Town of Trustees said.

However they do want beach-goers to know what they look like.