The Sunshine Skyway Bridge continues to be closed in both directions to all vehicles Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol announced.
At 12:37 p.m. Thursday, FHP closed the Skyway Bridge to all traffic, and is urging drivers to use alternate routes.
Tropical Storm Hermine could strengthen into a hurricane before hitting the Florida Panhandle on Thursday, Bay News 9 is reporting.
Hermine is expected to make landfall as a hurricane in the Florida Big Bend area tonight. This would be the first Florida landfalling hurricane since Wilma in 2005.
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It is important to remember most of the bad weather is well east of the center. Hermine is not a well-organized tropical system due to the wind shear. Tropical storm force winds expend out to 140 miles from the center.
There will be a threat of heavy rain in West-Central Florida, a Flood Watch remains posted until Friday evening. We think there could continue to be some heavy rain through Saturday morning as an onshore flow develops.