UPDATE | As of 9:19 a.m., Sunday morning: The Maryland Transportation Authority says the Bay and Nice Bridges have reopened.
The Bay Bridge and Nice Bridge are now closed. Wind gusts at the bridge have reached more than 72 mph.
The Maryland Transportation Authority is continuing wind warnings on the Hatem, Tydings Bridges.
The Key Bridge is currently operating under Phase III Wind Restrictions.
The Nice Bridge is now closed as a result of severe winds and unsafe driving conditions.
Every effort will be made to keep the bridges open as long as conditions are safe for travelers.
Phase III Wind Restriction means (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph) - house trailers, empty box trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, hitch trailers with sides or any vehicle that -- in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may restrict wind and may not safely cross the bridge -- will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. If sustained wind speeds reach 55 mph, the Bay Bridge will be closed.
Wind Warnings mean due to sustained wind speeds of 30 - 32 mph and gusts to 36 mph. Operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.
Motorists may access statewide travel information including traffic and weather conditions at www.MD511.org or calling 511. 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions are available by calling the BAYSPAN Hotline at 1-877-229-7726.
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