TAMPA — With wind speeds from Tropical Storm Elsa expected to reach near 70 mph, Tampa International Airport said it will suspend commercial operations at 5 p.m. tonight and air cargo operations by 10 p.m.
When wind speeds reach 70 mph, a weather system’s designation changes from tropical storm to hurricane. The Tampa Bay area was placed under a hurricane watch Tuesday morning.
The airport is planning to resume operations at 10 a.m. Wednesday after checking for storm damage, according to a news release.
Around 100 Tuesday flights have been cancelled.
All travelers were advised to check with their airlines for the most up-to-date flight schedules over the next two to three days.
The airport is not an emergency shelter for people or vehicles as it is not designed or equipped with the supplies to handle an influx of evacuees, according to the release.
The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has canceled two departing flights and three flights arriving in town Tuesday night, but has issued no cancelations for Wednesday. The airfield and airport will remain open, but the administrative office will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Yvette Aehle, the deputy director of finance and administration.
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