Sunshine Skyway at sunrise
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is temporarily closed Friday as high winds whip through the Tampa Bay and Manatee County area.
Florida Highway Patrol said the bridge remained closed to traffic as of 4:30 p.m. because of high winds, with speeds up to 60 mph, and severe weather.
The National Weather Service predicted winds of 25 to 29 mph with possible gusts as high as 44 mph Friday. Meteorologists also called for showers and thunderstorms in the area, with possible rainfall of between a half and three-quarters of an inch.
Troopers will announce when the Skyway Bridge is reopened.