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.