Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopens as wind subsides from Debby

This photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol shows a patrol car blocking passage on the Sunshine Skyway bridge near St. Petersburg on Monday, June 25, 2012. The bridge was closed in both directions after wind was reported at 52 mph. (AP Photo/Florida Highway Patrol)

This photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol shows a patrol car blocking passage on the Sunshine Skyway bridge near St. Petersburg on Monday, June 25, 2012. The bridge was closed in both directions after wind was reported at 52 mph. (AP Photo/Florida Highway Patrol)

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Highway Patrol has reopened the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near St. Petersburg, more than two days after it was closed due to high winds from Tropical Storm Debby.

Traffic began driving across the bridge that spans Tampa Bay around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Troopers closed the bridge on Sunday afternoon as winds from Debby pummeled the Tampa Bay area.

The bridge remained closed as high winds continued over the area as the storm crossed northern Florida.

The FHP says winds had receded to 20 mph, with gusts of 22 mph by Wednesday morning.

At one point Monday, many of the major bridges in the Tampa Bay area were closed to traffic because of wind and flooding.

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