Florida Highway Patrol preparing to close bridges

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 17:57:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Officials say that they will close bridges as dangerous wind speeds approach Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol says sustained winds exceeding 40 miles per hour will prompt the closure of high profile bridges.

As of now, officials are monitoring the wind speeds across bridges.

FHP says it will close bridges once wind speeds become high enough to create dangerous driving conditions.

As wind speeds continue to rise, law enforcement and Florida Department of Transportation personnel will be required to seek shelter.

At that point, FHP says use of the road will be at travelers' own risk.

More than 1,700 FHP Troopers are working 12 hour shifts to ensure roads are safe and clear. Drivers can call *FHP (*347) to request roadside assistance.