The Florida Highway Patrol closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in both directions Wednesday morning after winds in the area associated with Hurricane Ian were clocked between 50 and 60 mph.
Troopers announced the closure in a news release issued about 7:45 a.m. In an updated release issued about 10:45 a.m., the Highway Patrol said sustained winds near the bridge had increased to between 65 and 75 mph.
The bridge will remain closed until the storm passes and the inclement weather subsides, the news release said.
The Highway Patrol closes the bridge when sustained winds reach 40 mph or higher.
Troopers advised drivers who need to be on the roads to check the Florida Highway Patrol Current Traffic Incidents.
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