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Heavy traffic reported on northbound highways across Florida

Florida traffic, particularly on northbound roads and highways, is clogged Wednesday morning beyond average for morning commutes, based on local news reports.

Traffic along northbound Interstate 75 slowed significantly. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, it was taking drivers nearly an hour to get from Interstate 275 to Interstate 4, according to broadcast reports.

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As of Wednesday morning, no significant crashes were reported along the stretch, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The traffic comes a day after Monroe County officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Florida Keys and the mayor of Miami-Dade County said residents of Miami Beach and the coast should get ready to leave themselves.

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to prepare as Hurricane Irma inches closer to south Florida.

"Yes, there is heavy traffic northbound as people depart the path of the hurricane," Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol said. "Troopers are out across the state monitoring, assisting and clearing crashes and disabled vehicles."

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott suspended all tolls on Florida roads to help with evacuations.

A comparison of live and typical traffic data from Google Maps showed above average traffic on Interstate 75 on the west side of Florida and on Intersate 95 headed north out of South Florida on Wednesday afternoon.


The map on the left shows Google's typical traffic data across Florida for a Wednesday at 3 p.m. The map on the right shows live traffic data from today at 3 p.m., as Hurricane Irma approaches. Red and yellow indicates heavy traffic.






Heavy traffic reported on northbound highways across Florida 09/06/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 5:37pm]
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