SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Transportation Authority has closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as Hurricane Irene approaches and winds pick up.

Sustained winds at the bridge have reached 62 mph and gusts reached 80 mph Saturday evening.

The bridge will remain closed until conditions are deemed safe for vehicles to cross.

MDTA’s four additional bridges — the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Tydings Memorial Bridge and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge — are operating under wind warnings. That means that empty trailers and recreatial vehicles are banned from the bridges.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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