Sunshine Skyway Bridge closed due to high winds

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 13:08:46-04

TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- A key bridge across the mouth of Tampa Bay has been closed due to high winds.

Florida Highway Patrol made the decision to close the bridge just before 11 a.m. Monday as storms from Tropical Storm Emily moved through the area.

Drivers should plan for alternative routes until further notice.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge connects St. Petersburg and Manatee County and is tied as the tallest bridge in the state, with 175 feet of clearance underneath. It is customarily closed when sustained winds in the area reach 40 miles per hour.