Monday, January 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Westbound lanes on Courtney Campbell, Gandy Bridge close as Hurricane Irma inches closer to Tampa Bay

Westbound lanes on the Courtney Campbell Causeway and Gandy Bridge across Pinellas County have closed as Hurricane Irma inches closer to Tampa Bay.

The Howard Frankland Bridge remains open.

The Sunshine Skyway closed on Saturday, when sustained winds reached 40 mph in advance of Hurricane Irma. The Florida Highway Patrol made the decision after receiving several wind reports from the Department of Transportation. All listed bridges will be closed until at least the storm passes.

Pinellas County issued a mandatory evacuation for Zones A and B on Friday and Saturday. Residents were urged to evacuate as soon as possible. The closings of these major bridges cut off most main routes for Pinellas residents. It leaves the causeway as the only bridge connecting Pinellas County to Tampa. Other options include U.S. 19 north out of Pinellas County.

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