High winds close Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Thursday

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed due to severe weather on Thursday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said troopers shut down the bridge around 3 p.m. due to high winds that exceeded 40 miles per hour, and asked motorists to find alternative routes.

The bridge reopened around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Severe thunderstorms hit the Tampa Bay area overnight, arriving in Citrus County around 8 p.m., and in the Tampa area around 11 p.m.

A woman was hospitalized after a tree fell onto her home in Pasco County. Another person was injured after a tree hit their home in Seminole. And a crane collapsed onto Interstate 275 in Tampa, but no injuries were reported.

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