The Florida Highway Patrol announced that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is closing as of Sunday at 4 p.m.
“Due to the inclement weather currently being experienced in the Tampa Bay area, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are closing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at this time,” Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a press release.
The bridge will remain closed until such time as the weather subsides. Wind speeds have reached a sustained level of 40 mph with gust reaching 70 mph. Motorists are urged to seek alternate travel routes and drive with extreme caution.
If motorists must travel they are reminded to operate their vehicles cautiously, decreasing their travel speeds while increasing their following distances, and insure that their vehicle is in good working to include proper tire tread, functioning windshield wipers and lighting equipment. Headlights are required by Florida law during rain, fog and other inclement weather even during daylight hours. Motorists encountering flooded roadways should not drive through the water, and again seek an alternate route.