Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopens, but high wind advisory remains in place

Sunshine Skyway at sunrise

Sunshine Skyway at sunrise.
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Sunshine Skyway at sunrise.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopened Friday afternoon after being shut down throughout the day because of heavy winds.

The Florida Highway Patrol announced at 4:44 p.m. that the bridge is open in both directions, though wind speeds remain at 25 mph with gusts up to 33 mph.

The bridge was closed at 7:47 a.m. and remained shut down for nearly nine hours.

Drivers are asked to proceed with caution.