TAMPA BAY, FL — As a lot of the west coast of Florida braces for top winds and storm surge from the approaching Hurricane Ian, Tampa Worldwide Airport and St. Pete/Clearwater Worldwide Airport stay open as they put together for the storm.
The airports could start shutting down elements of their airfields and amenities within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours as wind speeds enhance and climate turns into extra extreme, stated airport officers.
At 40 mph sustained winds, TPA will cease or cut back airside shuttles and SkyConnect. At 50 mph sustained winds, TPA will stop all operations.
PIE officers stated the final flight is scheduled to depart from the St. Pete/Clearwater Worldwide Airport on Tuesday at at 11:22 a.m.
Starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the airport terminal constructing will shut as a result of Pinellas County’s evacuation mandates and can stay closed till the obligatory evacuation has been lifted for Zone A, at a minimal.
Whereas each airports are in evacuation zones, as vital infrastructure, they’re exempt from the storm evacuation orders and can keep open till closure is critical.
Airport officers are in shut contact with the Nationwide Climate Service, the airways and different airport companions, and say they are going to give vacationers as a lot discover as doable when that willpower is made.
At the moment, neither airport is reporting cancelations or delays.
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