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Tampa International Airport to suspend operations due to Tropical Storm Eta

Tampa International Airport will suspend all operations beginning at 3 p.m. today due to Eta, which continues to threaten the Tampa Bay region with strong winds.

All passengers should check with their airlines for flight status updates. The Airport, including the Main Terminal and parking garages, will be closed to all visitors at that time. TPA is not a designated storm shelter.

All operations are expected to resume Thursday by noon, but could reopen earlier if the airfield and terminal areas are deemed fit.

The 3 p.m. closure will allow the airport to prepare the airfield and terminals, including the securing of jet bridges, ground equipment and any remaining aircraft.

Tampa International Airport is working closely with the National Weather Service to receive the latest updates on Eta. The storm is projected to bring tropical storm force winds of 40 miles per hour beginning late Wednesday afternoon or early Wednesday evening.

To get the latest operational updates, please follow @FlyTPA on Twitter.

Note to traveler's interested in using TPA's COVID-19 testing site: The testing site will remain closed through the day Thursday, reopening on Friday. For additional information on COVID-19 screening sites, please visit BayCare at: https://baycare.org/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-centers