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High Wind Advisory Issued For Skyway

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 29, 2013 at 05:52 AM

The Sunshine Skyway has been placed under a high-wind advisory, restricting high-profile vehicles from the bridge, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The high winds also

Those include semi-trucks, recreational vehicles and motor homes.

The bridge is expected to remain open to all other vehicles. Additional troopers have been assigned to the bridge to assist during the restriction. It is unclear how long the restriction will remain in effect.

The high winds also caused tree limbs to hit utility lines countywide, cutting power to about 2,500 customers Saturday morning, Tampa Electric Co. spokesman Rick Morera said. There were no reports of downed wires.

About 1,000 of the customers are concentrated in the Lutz area. TECO work crews are addressing the problems, but Morera could not say when those residents might expect their power restored.

Those residents will be hoping the power is back on by tonight. The National Weather Service is forecasting the temperatures to fall to between 36 and 38 degrees after sundown. Factor in a northwest wind between 12 and 14 mph and it will feel like 28 to 30 degress if you are outside.

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