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Troopers close Sunshine Skyway due to high winds from Hurricane Ian

Winds in the area were clocked at between 50 and 60 mph on Wednesday morning and were increasing, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A traffic camera image released by the Florida Highway Patrol shows the Sunshine Skyway at 7:41 a.m. on Wednesday after troopers closed the bridge due to winds clocked at between 50 and 60 mph.
A traffic camera image released by the Florida Highway Patrol shows the Sunshine Skyway at 7:41 a.m. on Wednesday after troopers closed the bridge due to winds clocked at between 50 and 60 mph. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Sep. 28|Updated Sep. 28

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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